Re-claiming Natures Way – Roots and All

Mother nature has her own way of re-claiming the countryside, she has provided us with a limitless wealth of flora and fauna.

Gardeners are always keen to broaden the range of plants their garden hosts, often selecting plants that are naturally foreigners to their new location.

Providing our refugee plants a non hostile growing environment can be a time consuming and costly affair… Yet Gardeners are passionate about rising to the challenge, often opting to provided sheltered accommodation or changing the soil’s delicate balance to ensure the correct mix of nutrients, ph and moisture are available.

Mother nature is not so naive, she sticks to what she knows and allows plants to disperse freely and germinate only when the perfect growing conditions prevail. That said there are of course exceptions to the rule and persistent seedlings, tolerant of extreme growing conditions do attempt to re-claim our developed land.

Take for example this Sycamore seedling that is determined to bring the house down.

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I love how your can see the vast network of roots that would normally be out of sight.

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See how the roots are growing down the bricks and stones in search of moisture and anchoring themselves into a medium a little more accommodating.

Love to know what you see in the close up picture of these roots…. Our followers on Instagram have risen to the challenge and include comments like the Devil, A Witch and Children playing! What do you see? Comments invited…

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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