Fascinating Ted Talk on how trees communicate

  • 26 June, 2017

A colleague put me on to this recently - Suzanne Simard's TED talk on how trees communicate. Plant communication is a fascinating area of study and I initially got into this by reading Lyall Watson's observations in his book Dreams of Dragons. Anyway, it's well worth a watch.   A.

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Think Outside of the Tree !!

  • 5 December, 2011

If you didn't already go out this weekend and buy your Christmas tree and are excited to kick off the Christmas celebrations, then I'm going to refer you back to my blog post - To Tree or Not To Tree...? Here I give a little history of the Christmas tree and look at a couple of alternatives to the cut tree such as buying a tree in a pot that can be used year after year and collecting holly and ivy for the home. Here are some fun alternatives: Images courtesy of: Christmas comeback kid, Urban Gardens, Boing Boing, Pop Gadget, Cool Hunting and Design Taxi    

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A Way of Looking at What We Do…

  • 30 November, 2011

This blog moves a little away from the garden/nature theme to share a piece of work written while I was working in the hospitality industry. It deals with the principals involved in a transaction and I'm posting it because I feel that it has uses in pretty much any industry or circumstance where an exchange is made. The study came about when I was in a previous incarnation as a bar manager in London for 'All Bar One'. I was possibly the least formally educated of my team that was made up of full and part-time workers a lot of which were students. I had working with me people studying PhD's...

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National ‘Cook From The Cupboards’ Week!

  • 8 November, 2011

Ok, at the risk of painting myself in an inappropriate light for someone pushing their business into stratospheric proportions, suffice it to say that although I have exciting projects gestating they are not yet fledged and I have found myself ‘resting’ for a period – of course I’m not resting, I’m doing the things in the office that I am usually too busy to do, such as promote the business and write blogs. I do not intend for this period to be sustained but I have to say it is interesting. I’ve gone from cautious anticipation thru mild panic and now calm optimism. (I’ll let you know...

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To you who shot the stag…

  • 30 October, 2011

You have probably seen or heard in the news last week that a 250lb, 19 point-antler stag was shot dead by a poacher or trophy hunter on Exmoor. The Red Deer (Cervus elaphus,) nicknamed the Goodleigh Giant, stood nearly 9ft tall and was thought to be destined to grow into one of the largest wild animals in Britain. It took 3 bullets to the back and belly, almost certainly dying slowly and in pain. What is it that blinds some people to the natural power, beauty and wonder of such a beast? Or rather, what is it that must be possessed of that power by Killing? It cannot be doubted that the magnificence...

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The earth and the heavens…

  • 17 March, 2011

I came across this paragraph in Les Miserables. It is writing about the Bishop of  D -- in his garden.  

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What’s new in green garages ?

  • 16 February, 2011

IS this going to catch on?

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When you force things they tend to break !

  • 10 February, 2011

I said in the January Naturescaping blog that I would like to look at some of the guidelines that I try to work with when working on the land. Last time I spoke of ‘effort’. This time I would like to start with ‘force’. I believe that it is Newton’s third law of motion that gives us the well known premise that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. I have this theory tucked away somewhere in my mind when I enter a garden. In fact I carry this around with me a lot, for although I cannot really purport to understand the physical law, I do feel that with most things,...

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Brambles are, in a sense, incredible warriors!

  • 4 February, 2010

It struck me, when in a position of being somewhat powerless over a circumstance at work, that I found a renewed zeal for my allotment. Some of this I’m sure was to ‘dig out’ my frustration, but on reflection I wonder if the planning and structuring of my allotment was a subconscious desire for order. I wonder how much our life situation relates and reflects on our need to control or place order on our environment, in turn allowing us a feeling of regaining our power by taming the wild. Of course, the fresh air, exercise, centring of focus, time for reflection and the hopeful and optimistic...

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To tree or not to tree..?

  • 18 January, 2010

In 1841 Queen Victoria’s new husband Albert introduced a German Christmas tradition into the British royal household. From that point on the Christmas tree has, apart from a small dip in popularity after the death of the Queen, been on the up and up in this country, Western Europe, America and most other parts of the world. The history of the Christmas tree’s origins are many and varied, but essentially evolve from the Pagan and Druidic celebrations of the Winter Solstice (21st December) this being the shortest day. The lack of daylight inspiring the ‘celebrations of light’ with the encouragement...

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