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Uncut [Jul. 3rd, 2019|10:40 am]
Tony Grist
The parish magazine (printed in full colour, delivered free to every home) carries an interview with a man who makes his living cutting and maintaining lawns. Asked about the changes he's seen since starting up in 2003, he says, "So many gardens I work in now have bee hives or solitary bee nests and bug hotels. Wildflower meadows are also very popular. Ten years ago you hardly saw any of these wildlife friendly aspects in domestic gardens but they are becoming the norm now."

We've been asking our own gardeners to leave areas of the lawn uncut for the sake of the bees and butterflies and also for the aesthetic appeal of the thing. I like to see the feathery grasses waving in the breeze and Marlowe likes to hide among them and watch lesser forms of life go by and remember how things used to be when he was king of the Serengeti.

[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-07-03 11:32 am (UTC)
XD Here we don't have that... tis sad. :(
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2019-07-03 06:05 pm (UTC)
There's a lot more of that here, as well -- little pockets of pollinator friendly stuff. I started milkweed (Monarch butterfly caterpillar food) for one of the pocket parks this year.

"We've been asking our own gardeners"....how deliciously Lord of the Manor-ish! I am picturing your gardeners in green aprons and boater hats a la Ellen Willmott.

Edited at 2019-07-03 06:06 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-03 06:48 pm (UTC)
No boater hats, I'm afraid, or green aprons. More like baseball caps and jeans.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2019-07-03 08:46 pm (UTC)
Another way our standards have fallen since the Great War.
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