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Old faithfuls bring colour and life in hard times

Roslyn Dee


 

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'Gardening is top of the Covid-19 agenda as people load up with geraniums and marigolds and all manner of bedding plants.'  (stock photo)

'Gardening is top of the Covid-19 agenda as people load up with geraniums and marigolds and all manner of bedding plants.' (stock photo)

'Gardening is top of the Covid-19 agenda as people load up with geraniums and marigolds and all manner of bedding plants.' (stock photo)

One of my earliest gardening memories is my fascination, not with flowers, but with worms.

I'm about four years old and I'm following my father around the garden, he with shirt sleeves rolled up and spade in hand, ready for the digging. It's a warm day in early summer and I can picture him as he grinds his foot down on the spade, the shiny metal disappearing into the dark earth.

Then, as he levers it skywards again, the soil cascades into the air like an explosion of coffee granules.