Tuesday, 23 June 2009
NATURE OR NURTURE?
This slide show is of my daughter Rachel's garden. I sneeked a peak on Sunday when we dropped something off at her house. She said to look as she had been very busy in the garden. I did get her permission to post.
I was very pleasantly surprised what a delightful little haven her garden has become.
My other daughter Rebecca as a child always took an interest in gardening and plants. Before school age I remember her weeding a row of parsnips but was worried when I realised she had got half way along the next row, carotts. I needn't have worried she had figured out for herself to leave the carrots and remove the weeds.
Rebecca's partner Zion comes from The Gambia where he has a large plot of land and judging from the photos I have seen it has the most amazing collection of trees. He believes he has a specimen of nearly every native tree in The Gambia. As many Europeans buy up the land around him they clear the land which makes Zion's place a bit of an oasis.
Rebecca has brought home many seeds which she thought I would have fun trying to grow.
When they last popped in to see us she was delighted to see that the Guava, Papaya and Cassia Fistul (Golden Chain Tree) had germinated and so she sent me some photos plus a couple of other trees they grow. The West African Sickle Bush Dichrostachys Cinerea is used for medicine. Zion has about 50 of these mature trees and lots of baby ones. Rebecca says it is the little birds favourite tree to sit in, I think because it has spikes on it so they feel safe so the big birds can't get them.
The African Locust bean tree Parkia Biglobosa they harvest the yellow bean pods.
Last year I went to Kew Gardens and Wisley with Rebecca and Zion, it was such a treat as Zion was able to tell me about many of the trees and plants in the glasshouses which he grew on his land and what medicinal or other uses they had.
So did the girls inherit my love of gardening or was it the many formative years spent with me whilst I gardened?