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Dark Puss

As you know Kew lost many important large trees in earlier gales (1987?) and although indeed sad it provided important new spaces so it won't all be loss at RBG. Sadly I have never seen the Ghost Orchid but I have seen Corallorhiza trifida and Epipactis purpurata which also lack (usually) any chlorophyll.

Today y

I can't tell you how much I enjoy my daily visits to Cornflower. I am an American (North Carolina in retirement) who owns an island hidey-hole on the Isle of Bute. I have spent a good deal of time in Edinburgh with friends and, for many years, at the Festival. Today I was particularly saddened to hear of the damage to the Botanical Garden. It's a place I particularly like to visit.

I am a reader and a cook too, so you push all my buttons. Thank you for sharing your interests and your life.

Barbara

Beautiful!

Shame about the trees but as gardeners the people there will probably see their loss as a planting opportunity.

MelD

How sad it is when trees are ripped out like this, nature is very cruel sometimes. I suppose it's true the gardener's will see it as an opportunity, after all, there is a silver lining to every cloud!
The glass ghost orchid is very beautiful, both physically and symbolically. As the wife of a keen orchid-lover, I have learnt quite a bit about them over the years. One day, I hope to get to Edinburgh, it's not that far but we have never yet made it - a New Year's resolution?! A delicious treat it will be, anyway, not least thanks to various tips from Cornflower.

Dark Puss

Dear MelD, Nature isn't cruel it just is. When we grow specimen trees we do so in a very unnatural way (as we do in managed forests) that almost certainly lead to more exposure to destructive winds; if anything you might plausibly argue that gardeners are cruel.

Lindsay

It is sad to see mighty trees fallen, but it is actually quite natural, of course; I am a close neighbour of Kew Gardens, which suffered terribly in the Great Storm, and not only was it a planting opportunity, as others have said, but the garden repaired itself astonishingly quickly. Go there now, and you would find it hard to find evidence of the many (I recall much more than 40, as Kew is many times the size of Edinburgh, more like hundreds)casualties of that night. The RBGE will be fine in no time at all!

Cornflower

I hope you will make it here before too long - and we can lay on better weather for you than we've had this week.

Cornflower

You're most welcome - thankyou for being a loyal reader.

Geraldine

The Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Wisley in Surrey lost a lot of trees in the 1980s storms, on the positive side it gave them the opportunity to replant sections of the woodland.

We love the Edinburgh Botanic Garden, it's one of our regular call in places when we're in Scotland on holiday. We tend to go there on a Sunday to take advantage of the free on street parking.

Dark Puss

Lindsay is as usual correct! Kew lost nearly 700 mature trees in the 1987 storm.

Freda

I live near the west coast outpost of EBG,Benmore - there has been a lot of damage here too, though I don't know the details yet.We had 90 odd hours without power too (not that that mattered to the trees, but the staff must have found it trying!)

That little tip about parking in Edinburgh is very useful. Another thing I like about blogs...

Thank you for yours, its great!

Cornflower

Yes, parking in Edinburgh is never easy!

Cornflower

Thankyou, Freda! To be so long without power must have been very difficult.

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