The amazing creative marvel called Nature will never fail to delight me. To move around my garden and share with others the beauty, creativity and the variety of plants and flowers brings joy to my heart to engender a sense of well being I deeply value. For many of us life can be so hectic and here we see the marvels which have taken months if not longer, to develop and show themselves. This then is my aim with the Garden Course I am offering, presented in 10 x 3 hours sessions over a period of a year to enjoy, explore and observe how what seems a bare patch of dirt may develop into a presentation of splendor.
Over my life time as I was reading stories about "Witches" (Wise Women) on occasion the word Mandrake would come up with the suggestion that the "Witch" had used it's poisonous substances to deal with her opponents and therefor her punishment should be to be burned at the stake. Reading about Mandrake I would wonder what the plant looked like, if it really did exist or if it was simply a fantasy detail to bring colour to the story until just recently when I learned that this "Witches" herb is growing in my own garden.
The Latin name is Podophyllum and a variety are available in the nurseries, one of them known as "Spotty Dotty" a sample of which was planted at the water feature garden bed and which is thriving lusciously.
Imagine my surprise when at the third year in my garden I noticed that from one leaf in the first year, two in the second and now in this third year not only are there 5 glossy star shaped leaves 35cm in diameter but underneath the foliage big bright red baubles of fruits are on show, bend down and see for yourself.
This specimen is a member of the Podophyllum and is called "Pleianthum" and it was purchased from Clover Hill, a local Katoomba based nursery, open on display a number of times a year.
Under the heading of COURSES you'll find some of the details on the Garden course which will start in Spring and will be running over a period of the whole year to bring relaxation, develop our observation skills and make friends of like-minded people to share your interest in Nature and Gardening, check it out!
A quote found on the internet said:
Mandragora's name may be derived from the scientific and Italian name from the Mandrake plant that, according to legend, was used in witchcraft.