Another horticultural year, another horticultural intern. Matt has gone on to prestigious new challenges – head gardener for a private estate in South West London, no less. Well done Matt! I’ve taken his place in Lambeth. I’m Ben, a recent horticultural graduate and semi-professional Intern. Apologies for my blogging tardiness, I’ve been raking up leaves.
This blog will hopefully become a place where curious internet users can come to gain an immersive experience of Horticultural internship at the Garden Museum. Matt posted things about the garden, I will post things about the garden, my successor will post things about the garden, my successors successor will post things about the garden, and so to infinity. An unbroken chain of blogging Interns stretching all the way to the final supernova. Hairstyles and pop stars will change, the Beatles will be forgotten and the The Gherkin will fall, but we shall remain. If you could travel through time and space, say to Lambeth in November of 2368, you would still find a Horticultural Intern (#359) and I’m almost certain you would find them raking up leaves.
You see our garden is surrounded by majestic mature London Plane trees (Plantinus x hispanica), beautiful to look at, calming to hug (I’m told), but with autumn and gravity in collusion, a pain in the arse. The more I rake up the more they fall down, Sisyphus aint got nothing on me. The London Plane also has particularly tough leathery leaves which take years to break down into leaf mould. To collect and reuse them would take more space than we can spare, so a proportion of them are being taken away as rubbish, something I find particularly painful.
But, with help from the heroic garden volunteers the situation is coming under control. Light shines through the tunnel! Leaves are raked and not replaced for hours. Hours will slowly become days, days become weeks and before we realise it we will no longer be sweepers – we will be gardeners! Until then here’s some pictures I made earlier.
The knot garden, pre leaf fall
Note the London Planes lurking ominoisuly leaf bound in the background.
Knot garden with fallen leaves
The Asian Banana (Musa basjoo) flowering by the wall of Lambeth Palace
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