Thursday, 24 May 2012

Plant hunting

For most gardeners, 'plant hunting' conjures up visions of Roy Lancaster or Tom Hart Dyke in far flung parts of the world seeking out new species. At Bag End plant hunting looks more like a crime scene.



A couple of years ago we had two orchids on the grass in the side garden.  Last year I could only find one and was worried that I had inadvertently mowed off the other.  Determined not to make the same mistake twice I have put off cutting the lawn whilst looking for the missing orchid.  In desperation we sectioned off the grass and over the last few days Management, LP and I have walked back and forth on numerous occasions but to no avail.



Sadly we're back to one orchid in this location but at least I can now get Daisy out and tidy the place up a bit, we've got friends visiting this weekend and I confess to wanting the lawns cut and the place looking vaguely tidy before they arrive. 






12 comments:

  1. Hope your precious orchid survives - you'll have to mark it with a little flag and put barbed wire round it!

    Plant hunting to me is visiting garden centres and nurseries!

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    1. Thanks Sue. We have four plants, all in different parts of the garden, and all carefully marked so they can't be trodden on.

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  2. They do crop up in the most awkward of places! I had a day with Roy Lancaster a couple of years ago, absolutely fascinating man and what he doesn't know...

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    1. Thanks Amanda. I'm hoping to get a ticket for a RL lecture at Holehird in the Autumn. I suspect the ballot will be oversubscribed :}

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  3. My thought is what past history allowed you to accumulate so much crime scene tape? Have you been bad? Does your probation officer know you're using expensive investigative resources for such frivolous use? Have you grilled the orchid you DID find? It probably knows where its accomplice has taken off to. Who's the 'good cop' you? Or management? (As for LP, I'm sure he's the enforcer. ;-D )

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    1. Oh Kris, I am sorry to disappoint but my past history does not contain any juicy titbits :} The crime scene tape arrived in disguise - it is masquerading as builders' hazard marking tape!

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  4. How wonderful to have even one orchid.
    They really choose where they grow though, don't they?
    The side of our lane is thick with them in a few weeks
    time.

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    1. Lucky you to have lots of orchids in your lane. Hopefully ours will multiply over the years but I know it's a slow process.

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  5. Has Nutty Gnome told you about my activities following in the footsteps of David Douglas, plant hunter extraordinaire (1799-1834)? There's a film coming; almost complete now, after lots of adventures!

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    1. Sorry Woody, that didn't come into the conversation so I look forward to whatever you have to reveal :}

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  6. Sorry to be slow in replying. I did reply but Blogger was having a time-out moment and rejected it. Anyway, long story short, I was a botanist before spending a working life in the civil service (from which I retired last year). 11 yrs ago I was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to follow in the footsteps of David Douglas (one of my plant collecting heroes). I've followed him from Scotland, across Canada & the USA to the site of his death in Hawaii & his grave in downtown Honolulu. Lots of adventures along the way, from the Tropics to the Canadian sub-arctic, including standing on both a live volcano and permafrost (although not at the same time; Doh!).

    Along the way I met a number of other Douglas addicts and since 2008 we've been making a made-for-TV documentary about him. It's an hour long and is almost finished (although I've said that several times already, but this time it really is). Nutty has seen the work-in-progress version. If you're interested I'll send you a copy when it's ready. As you may have guessed by now I can talk for hours on David Douglas; you should hear Wilma Wilbury on that theme (he can bore for England!)

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    1. Woody, no apologies necessary - tardiness from me too! I knew about your receiving the Churchill Fellowship (bows in admiration) but didn't realise you'd nearly completed the documentary. Have been firtling around your blog looking for an email for you to no avail, will ask Nutty to put us in touch directly, if that's OK.

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