Monday, 16 September 2013

Plants, Parks And My Lack Of Gardening Skills



There is a French expression: “C’est une belle plante.” Literally, it means “It is a beautiful plant”. But what it really means is “It is a gorgeous lady.” Right. In France, I used to be told that I was “a beautiful plant”. Now, men say this about my teenage daughter more than about me. I suppose that’s just life…Anyway, the irony is that I don’t have green fingers. I have killed every plant I ever owned. And if you don’t believe me, I have put a picture of my window plants. I don’t understand. I water them at least once week. Every six weeks, I have lovingly put fish bone & blood. What do I need to do? Talk to them? Maybe it is the French accent that’s killing them?  Should I beg them? I wonder. I will never get it right. Sigh. Any advice for me?

Anyway, all is not lost. Instead of killing my own plants, I can simply go to a local park and enjoy the trees and plants lovingly maintained by professional gardeners. And, best of all, I don’t need to make any effort whatsoever for the plants (To be fair, the fact that I am not involved at all with the parks is probably far better). Going to the park also means that my manicure can last a longer time. Well, that's my excuse to stop gardening anyway.



In London, the list of parks is endless. There are many parks and I am sure that, even if you think you know where they are, well, you might learn a thing or two with this new website: www.parklifelondon.org

I found out about a new park two streets away that I wasn’t aware of. Give it a try and be surprised!

I have to break it to you, but London has far more parks than Paris. I was always going to the same parks in Paris with my children. It was either Parc de Choisy (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parc_de_Choisy) or Parc de Montsouris (http://equipement.paris.fr/parc-montsouris-1810).

Well, in London, within walking distance, I have Holland Park, Kensington Gardens,  Hyde Park, and a raft of small squares within 10 minutes of walking. I can change every day and I love it, especially when the weather is nice and sunny just like today.

What’s not to like about it? Right, on this note I will put a bit of sun cream on and enjoy the sunshine….

17 comments:

  1. The sun has gone at 2.30 PM, north of London. I live opposite giant horse chestnut trees with a field beyond. I love the wild nature, as against the maincured parks. You might not be the one who influences your plants to collapse and die. There are so many diseases blowing on the wind. Enjoy the autumn.

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  2. I loved the parks in London. I particularly liked the sunken garden at Kensington. Thank you for the reminder

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  3. My fingers are not very green either, not for the plants I really want to succeed, like thyme, coriander, tarragon.

    It's great to have so much green space near you. :)

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  4. Carolina HeartStrings16 September 2013 at 08:44

    It never occurred to me to look at parks as a place I can compensate for (also) having a brown thumb. Thanks for making that point. - a whole new perspective for me!

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  5. My oldest daughter (only 12) gets a lot of creepy maie attention. And she's the one with the green thumb. Go figure.

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  6. Your talk of London gardens makes me realize how long it's been since I've seen the place. I miss it. As for your plants, it may not be water or fertilizer; it might be the sun is not right for the plants you bought. Or you might have wind that dries out the box. In France I see what others on my street plant and copy them because obviously they're doing something right. Back here in the States I've finally hired someone to work in my gardens. My knee and arm problems this year have made it difficult for me to tend them at all, so I hired someone to bring them back to life and care for them when I'm in France. It makes me sad, though, because I feel like I've lost the right to call myself a gardener.

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  7. I think you are a still a beautiful plant, actually a transplant. I personally garden as well as I cook or clean house. So don't feel too bad about your plants. Plus you might be able to find some fake ones that take lots less care. Oh and don't talk to any of the plants in the park. Funny.

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  8. I must be missing something, Ann. How come everybody knows how to garden and not me? So unfair...

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  9. Well, if it is of any help I have never had the right to call myself a gardener. You always will be ahead of me on that one, Julie...

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  10. OK, Surae, you are a beautiful plant: that's it, you have been called a beautiful plant. As for London, we are indeed very fortunate to have so many plants.

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  11. So unfair. Can't the guys realise that our daughters are far too young for this sort of attention?

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  12. It is meant to be a compliment, Roy. That said, it tells you a lot about french mentality, doesn't it?

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  13. Well, there has to be a silver lining, right? That said, it is raining again over here.

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  14. It is great indeed....Shame about the rain!

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  15. You are very welcome. You can never get bored in London.

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  16. Thank you, I will. The sun has gone here too, and that's indeed a shame!
    There is nothing like London with a little bit of sun, right?

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  17. Haha! Thanks - I feel so much better now! :)

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