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  1. Dear Howard, Allan and fellow readers,
    maybe your children & their friends would like to take part in an easy indoor project.
    The time is right for observing on walks which plants have done just fine in the extremely wet season. Helping to propagate them is simple but a wonderful skill to learn, engaging the next generation to love the environment.

    Some willow trees have beautiful coloured bark, or attractive furry tips, and balsam poplars grow scented buds. See what you find. Their freshly cut twigs left in a deep vase of water soon grow rootlets.
    As spring comes they can be planting these babies up into pots and looking after them. This year or next the trees will be ready for gifts, school wild gardens, riverside reclamation and restoration of brownfield sites. All going to be needed in massive quantities over the coming decades.

    Also on walks we can see some trees whose crops of seeds got partly covered by leaf-litter. Although it was a bad year, not everything failed. Bee crisis, changing weather urge all gardeners and botanists to respond, to help to multiply particular plants which pull through. Setting off with a pair of secateurs, a collecting bag (I use an African sisal one which never wears out) , and a small trowel or hand fork is useful.

    My bit of suburbia has yielded mirabelle stones and hornbeam seeds. Not so exciting for children, to watch these getting started, because a year elapses before they show results – something that needn’t matter for us old timers.

    With warmest wishes, xx Sp.

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