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Monday, 22 June 2020  |  Alison
The 'Bee's Knees - Brookside Nursery 'Pollen Patch' Plants

We are nothing without bees, and definitely nothing at all without the ‘bee’s knees’. Why? Because bees carry pollen back to the hive to feed their young, in sacs on their legs, and though they may not technically have knees it is a good analogy. The ‘bee’s knees’ was originally used in the 1920’s to describe something as being “excellent” and bees as well as other beneficial insects have been just that for millennia.

 

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3 CommentsMonday, 11 May 2020  |  Alison

Coronavirus is a word we know all too well now but, virus or no virus, nature continues to produce an abundance of spring colour to engage us, and although lockdown continues in the UK as I write this, most of us have been able to take a short walk or dust down our bicycles and cycle each day to appreciate the life affirming richness of spring unfolding before our eyes with flowering blossom trees, elegant magnolias, unfurling fern leaves and every day something new, like clumps of bluebells, lilac and wisteria greeting us on our daily stint of exercise this spring, whether it be an isolated stroll around the garden or a brisk walk in the local park........

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3 CommentsTuesday, 3 March 2020  |  Alison
Science revealing Secrets of the Cannabis Plant

One particularly cold day in late November last year, my husband calmly announced he was going out to get some cannabis. I nearly fell off my rocking chair, and exclaimed “What…. What…. What”?

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020  |  Alison
‘The Summertime Blues’ – Planting a Perennial Border with a Blue Palette

Many a plantsman has tried in vain over the decades to breed the perfect blue coloured flower and a few have come very close. So with the Pantone Colour of 2020 being announced as ‘Classic Blue’ this year, I thought I would choose plants that work well together and conjure up a blue border made with a selection of perennial plants with blue shades, either from the flowers, the berries or the foliage and stems.

 

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