Marie's June Article

01 Jul 21

June, 2021

Being keen gardeners and having lived in the same house for almost 40 years, we have lots of flowers in Spring and Summer that remind me of people over the years.  The Mimulus was always  referred to by an old lady in the Village (May Stain) as ‘The Monkey Plant’.   When I see the Forsythia come into bloom it reminds me of little Joyce who gave me a twig and now it is huge.  The last outing we went on as the Painting Group we went to Hoar Park Farm for breakfast and afterwards some of us bought plants – I got Violas and these brave little plants have battled through every type of weather and are still flowering.

When we watch wildlife programmes I have been amazed how many different kinds of birds there are, and also the many colours with beautiful males and plain females.  I would love to know how many different kinds of birds there are in the world.

As my better half will tell you, I don’t like neat and tidy gardens, with rows of military style flowers, and also I love to see the Dandelions, Buttercups and Daisies.  What I didn’t know is that Dandelion latex is similar to the latex from rubber trees, and in the l930’s the Russians planted 260 square miles of Dandelions in Eastern Europe and successfully produced rubber from them.  After World War 2 with the Eastern supply of rubber stabilised Dandelion rubber became uneconomical.

As I see the hundreds and hundreds of houses being built in Ansley Village and Galley Common, it reminds me of when I was a child and there were only 3 roads in Galley Common - Tunnel Road, Valley Road and Hickman Road, and even in these roads the houses were far apart. Now the fields loved by us all are covered in concrete.  How sad!  One thing I must congratulate Nuneaton Council for is how they transformed the Pit Bank into a lovely green space.

As a young child in Sunday School one of my favouritehymns was –

‘Daisies are our silver, Buttercups our gold.  

These are all the treasures we can have or hold.

Raindrops are our diamonds and the morning dew,

While for shining sapphires we’ve the speedwell blue.

God who gave these treasures to your children small,

Teach us how to love them and grow like them all.’

 There are many more verses.

Marie Cove.

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