Monthly Archives: August 2013

At the Cutting Edge – hedge poetry

Here’s another charming poem from Nizgal (whose Sheep from Oats I put on the blog last year) – he has belatedly got in touch, very nice to hear from him.
At the Cutting Edge
Crabwise from side to side, cutting the hedge;
Once done on ladders, garden shears in hand,
Now cherry-pickers give a cutting edge,
As powered trimmers sweep the green grandstand;
A steady pace per hour.  Loose clippings sold
To pharmaceuticals, the plants and lab,
Where yew extract is worth its weight in gold,
And hope to those now pincered by the crab.
That battle is engaged, though some would say,
It’s fought on ladders with old-fashioned tools.
They desperately look forward to the day
When new discoveries rewrite the rules.
The yearly picture serves to underline
The tolling bell could be both yours and mine.
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A “topiary” elephant in the Rose Garden, Regent’s Park

I was in the Rose Garden in Regent’s Park yesterday with my daughter and we came across this rather lovely elephant at the entrance. I didn’t have my camera so have borrowed this image from the Sequins and Cherry Blossom blog.

Not sure I’d call it topiary as it is trained over a wire frame, but I like it anyway. Apparently it’s made from ‘over three thousand plants from a range of species including Echeveria, Ajuga, Sedum and Alternanthera’. A lot of the individual plants look to me like desert or rock plants, which will survive with fairly shallow roots.

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