Can you believe it? Paddy and Plunkett are still exploring the Eden Project! I always thought that the main draw of this awesome place was the exotic plant communities that live inside the biomes, but WOW was I wrong! It turns out that there’s a lot to see outside those bubble-like domes too. And, to Plunkett’s relief, there don’t appear to be any jaguars lurking in the undergrowth this time around. Let’s take a closer look!
First stop – the vegetable garden. This is definitely Plunkett’s cup of tea!
And after “borrowing” a light lunch of green salad – much better than the picnic Paddy had planned – he also enjoyed the beautifully laid out wildflower beds.
And although Paddy thought he’d found a quicker way to get around the outdoor gardens…
… This incredible life-sized driftwood horse sculpture by local artist Heather Jansch proved no match for a set of wheels. Paddy even let Plunkett drive!
And they discovered all kinds of treasures on their way! First up, a willow dome with honeysuckle growing around the branches…
I bet this place smells AMAZING on summer evenings! They also met an elegant reclining lady in the forest.
Paddy was particularly impressed with her hairdo, but she remained close-lipped about who her stylist is. He didn’t mind though, because he caught sight of this around the next corner.
“Plunkett! What is THAT?”
“Ha! It’s an industrial plant!”
An Industrial Flame Plant, to be exact. This striking sculpture is surrounded by thickets of plants that can be grown and burned as biomass, a means of energy production that is renewable, carbon-neutral and provides a viable alternative to fossil fuels.
And look at Plunkett, standing right next to a “danger” sign! Could it be that he’s feeling a shade more daring than usual?
Well, maybe… But he still let Paddy forge a path through the heather forest that they visited next!
The sun-warmed heather perfumed the air, and the boys were surrounded by drifts of pink, purple and white flowers… Which were buzzing with hundreds of busy bees.
And further along, they discovered just how important this bee restaurant could be!
But then, the honeybee hum suddenly seemed to get a bit louder.
“Paddy, do you hear that?”
Glancing over his shoulder, Paddy realised that Plunkett probably wouldn’t take particularly well to the giant bee that had just landed behind them.
“Ah, it’s nothing. Let’s go and see what other adventures the English Riviera has in store for us!”
Join the lads again in a couple of weeks, when they’ll be stopping off in some of the peaceful towns that make this part of the world such a lovely place to visit! Meanwhile, we’ll be back on Friday with the latest news from Beastie Towers!
See you then!