Life at No.22, Musings

A Smallish Urban Jungle

In this weeks Sunday Stills – Plants

I enjoy meeting people with knowledge about plants.

Which means I have spent a good few hours in nurseries taking my time deciding which ones I would like to buy. A collection would then be taken home by car and a perfect place organised on our section. That was back when we owned land.

LeSue Olive Grove

Nowadays, the use of pots [many pots] gives us just as much pleasure, without back breaking work, in creating our own urban jungle, inside and outside. Perhaps “jungle” is a slight exaggeration!

As I sit at the table writing this post on our balcony, someone below has stirred up the ground for a pair of cheeky sparrows flit nearby. There is no longer the riotous masses of colour erupting from my large round pots unlike they were in summer.

What is still happening now when the sun has warmed the air, is the visitation of bumblebees nuzzling their way to pollen. Their visit was the highlight of my mornings even more so than my first sip of coffee.

Why the over excitement? We have a lemon tree in a large pot which requires more attention than the fifty or so we planted on our small orchard we owned years ago. I am happy to relay that those trees and the 1000 odd olive trees we planted are still thriving and hopefully will be doing so in years to come.

Plants and trees are grown for pleasure, whether visually or food for our bellies. Many native trees and plants can create something more special – a forest, a jungle – a legacy for generations to enjoy.

What is Sunday Stills all about?

In Terri’s words:

Sunday Stills is a photography challenge with a weekly theme (similar to the now-defunct WPC). Each Sunday I post the weekly theme with images of my own interpretation. Any blogger is welcome to participate and interpret the challenge with their photos, poems, stories, music, etc!


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30 thoughts on “A Smallish Urban Jungle”

  1. I’m a flower, tree and plant lover myself and have managed to create a beautiful small garden on our very small patch of mooring by the side of our boat. I’m really quite pleased with it. I may just write about it very soon. I love your photography Suzanne, the bottom shot is excellent.

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    1. Sam, I saw photos of your garden and look forward to reading about it when you write the post. No matter how small a place we can still have plants in our lives. We even had a pot of herbs when living fulltime in the motorhome πŸ™‚

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    1. We were proud of our grove. Though not quite bigger enough for commercial purposes. Certainly big enough to supply us and others with oil. We had the pleasure of fresh oil two years. The oil that is purchased in supermarkets is so inferior.

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      1. Absolutely.. I was in ALbania in November last year when they picked the hard olive before the rain. You go to the little local olive press and you watch them loading the olives onto the conveyor belt. I bought 5 litres straight out of the vat. It is so delicious. I don’t cook with it. Just for salad and dipping bread.. πŸ˜‰

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    1. For some reason, your comments keep heading to my spam folder. Annoyingly so. Anyway, thanks and I am coming to grips with the new WP Editor. Nothing like something new to get the grey matter working harder!


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