Top ten list of garden plants

  • Abutilons of all kinds
  • Buddlejas old and new
  • Epiphytic orchids and ferns
  • Gordonia species
  • Heliotrope, Lemon verbena, Fennel and herbs
  • Michelias of all sorts
  • Perennial Salvias large and small
  • Species Camellias
  • Tea and China Roses
  • Weigela of all types

Montville Rose

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Another park bites the dust.

I know only too well about the need for access for all people to public spaces but sometimes it just goes too far.
I came across yet another once beautiful park that has had the landscaper make over . You know the stuff -concrete paths, removal of nasty old trees, built in gardens, ramps and stairs , new fangled toilet blocks. I just miss the soft edges of actual grass and untidy trees and plants. Once the natural landscape is tampered with it never really goes back. The natural landscape has that lovely untouched feeling and a wildness that makes it explorable. The park I am referring to is in the Mapleton Forest. It was beautiful and we had many lovely picnics down there around a real fire . The damper in the coals and our kids racing about collecting sticks and generally playing in the dirt,finding seed pods or precious stones.  Contrary to what the councils impose on our public landscapes I think people who live on the Range and the tourists as well want to have some things  un -landscaped.Surely the city folk have enough of curbing and footpaths and can cope with a little uneven surface or  a scatter of leaves on a path way. Rather than seeing the risks everywhere we look lets just have some common sense and enjoy a natural setting for what it is.

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