Plunkett has been in architectural heaven since the lads headed to Cambridge a few weeks back…… And he’d happily continue on in this vein indefinitely.“Oooh, look! It’s the Norman doorway of the famous Round Church. Paddy, did you know that it’s one of four mediaeval round churches that are still in use in England todaaaaa…”
“No way, Plunkett! It’s my turn to decide what we’re doing! Come on, we’re off to…… The Botanic Garden! Mad plants ahoy!”There are over 8,000 species of plants crammed into this 40 acre garden, from every imaginable habitat. Deserts, bogland, jungle… You name it, it’s here! And of course, Paddy was determined to see (and climb) as many of them as possible. This photo was taken just as he spotted something good. Seconds later, only a Paddy-shaped dust cloud remained.But Plunkett takes things at a more sedate pace. That has its rewards too… Look what he found!This is a jade vine, which hails from Indonesia. If you can believe it, this crazy-looking hanging plant is a member of the legume family – it’s a long way from your average runner bean though!In the wild, the jade vine is pollinated by bats, which up until recently has stopped it from producing any seeds. However, thanks to one devoted research student getting stuck in and pollinating the flowers by hand, the vine has set seed for the first time. Now seeds are being sent to other botanic gardens around the UK – maybe even one near some of you!
Meanwhile, Plunkett finally caught up with Paddy…… Just in time to take the stepping stone path across the bog garden’s lake!And on the other side, they were first plunged into the cool green depths of a bamboo forest…… Before emerging in the arboretum!“Hey look, Plunkett! This tree has a wall in it!”
“Hmmm… I wonder why?”
Later research revealed that this wild pear tree had split, and the brickwork is there to keep it together. The tree doesn’t appear to mind though – it certainly seems to be doing just fine!
And further down the road in the pinetum, Paddy found ample fodder for some really terrible puns!Uh-oh! He’s had enough, and scarpered to The Mount to check out the view. Fortunately, he’s still happy to share the chair he found here with his old buddy – as long as Paddy promises to keep quiet!
Have you had any horticultural adventures recently? If so, please be sure to leaf a comment below! Or feel free to share your worst plant-based pun… Paddy’s always on the lookout for new material.
Here’s wishing you all a super week, catch you next Tuesday!