Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Science of Nature. DIARY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Science of Nature. DIARY

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SCIENCE LESSONS: SINCE we've been making a new programme for next year that has a lot of science in it, I've found myself examining plants with fresh eyes.

We have a honeysuckle that scrambles along the back of a huge bench we once rescued from a skip at the Chelsea Flower Show. It has some tall box bushes to climb through and if it gets out of hand we tie in a few canes. On warm summer evenings, we can sit out and enjoy it.

As dusk descends, you can watch moths flitting from flower to flower sinking their long tongues deep into the tubular flowers to drink its ambrosia. You begin to realise just how wonderful evolution is, how this plant and this creature have co-evolved, both deriving mutual benefit from each other. The moth gets its energy-giving nectar while the honeysuckle is pollinated.

THORNY ISSUE: EVERYWHERE in the garden, nature is telling a story. Some of our roses have almost overgrown themselves. They have enjoyed the same surge of growth as so many shrubs this year. …

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