Thursday, 1 September 2016

Wandering in the University of Oxford Botanical Gardens

A few Saturdays ago I spent the day wandering through the Botanical Gardens in Oxford with Mother Sweet :) how it took me so long to visit I'll never know! The arrangements are naturally stunning and the variety of biomes provides you with a huge range of weird and wonderful plants. 

The wildflower meadow was definitely a favourite, I've been researching British wildflowers recently and learning their names; its rewarding when you're out and about and you start recognising them. They're found practically everywhere as the majority are really 'weeds', but once you learn their names you start to notice and appreciate the fact that they're there more :)

I think my visit has brought out the botanical, green-thumbed spirit in me and fully rekindled my love for all things green. I've recently acquired a few Ebay plants (it still amazes me that plants can be posted!) and have started to deck out the house in an array of unusual house plants.

The Spider plant I propagated in a year 9 biology lesson has now been joined by a Pilea Peperomioides (Chinese Money Plant) and a Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant). These plants are pretty darn trendy at the moment, and instagram and pinterest are full of them! But the unusual leaves and the relatively easy care they require are enticing; There is just something so grounding and calming about being surrounding by greenery :)

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