Holly tree

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There is this Holly tree I keep seeing. It’s variegated with dark leaves and pale edges, but then on top of it is a pale leaved sport. I think it might be genetic. A mutation which has lost some of its chlorophyll.

Holly’s come in male and female types. There are many varieties and some have berries in the autumn and winter but some don’t.

I like their glossy, shiny leaves. Spikes can occur just round the edges but also across the surface of the leaves. They are an evergreen species so don’t lose their leaves. This can be a problem in a small garden as they can shade out other plants.

I have a variegated one which has had its lower branches chopped off to let light in. Unfortunately it is top heavy and the crown of it is bending over towards the ground. We gave also cut the lower branches of a dark green Holly Bush/tree but that is bushing out at the top and shading more garden. My idea was to trim them to look more like tall cylinders but they got out of hand and they are too prickly to easily cut back!

 

Weeping willow

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When I was a child I would sit next to your trunk

Hiding from view being your green screen.

Your roots must run deep down in the ground,

Water running through the earth,

Turning your leaves green before other trees.

Skeleton twigs surround you

Dark evergreen screens you

But only you swirl and wave in the breeze.

Dancing a ballet of soft leaves,

Your dress curves and waves in folds.

Once fully grown with green

Your leaves will make my hiding den again.

Balcony

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Wherefore art thou?

High up on the wall of the Brampton museum and art gallery is a lovely balcony. I want to visit the room and look out over the parkland in front of the museum but I think its probably a store room.

I think it’s a sweet little touch to the architecture of the place. I’ve visited before but never noticed it until today. Probably because the strong sunlight and shadows picked it out against the brickwork.

Modern architecture can be startling and revelatory, but details like this should be cherished.

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Growth

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Growth and growing are part of life and economics, but maybe we don’t need growth as much? The world does not have infinite resources and the population keeps rising. Perhaps we need to seek a balance and an ability for renewal instead of just consuming everything in sight.

We need to use less plastic and less energy.  To save resources for the people that come after us. Maybe buy one less peice of clothing or fill up a water bottle again instead of buying a new bottle.

I sometimes think that people are like a virus, growing exponentially. Covering the world with our rubbish and disease.

We need to be able to eat, drink and find shelter. Why don’t we try and care for everyone? I can probably remember back to when there were only 5 billion on the planet, now its over 7 billion and rising. And yet we are still growing? Is it any wonder that there are wars? I think we should share technologies so everyone can have better lives and education… .

 

What do I do with you?

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What should I do with thus painting called Druid. I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I feel like it needs more shaping and shading. Maybe more detail on the leaves. I’ve stared at it for days now, but I’ve been busy and then ill so I haven’t worked on it.

I think I may change the colours a bit too. Maybe stronger greens or purples. I had tried a pale, frosty look, but it’s not right. Watch this space, I hope I can get it how I want it.

Magnolia flower 🌸

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We have a small Magnolia Stellata tree that has come into blossom this week .

There are many species of Magnolia from tiny blossoms to as big as a human head. They range from pure white to dark pink. They are beautiful and spellbinding. Our tree is only just coming into flower but others are full of blossoms. Masses of pink and white petals adorn the local trees.

Magnolia can be affected by frost and seem to like sunlight. We were lucky to get ours to grow. All I would say is follow the instructions carefully if you intend to plant your own.

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