Every old sheet in the house was pressed into service, in fact so many sheets were dragged out that I feared my first night back would be spent in a sleeping bag. Anyway, it worked again. But as the garden expands I think we’re going to have to order a roll of fleece (garden fabric, to US gardeners).
As it happens, just a few days earlier I’d taken a look at the new South Africa Landscape being installed outside the British Museum in Bloomsbury, central London. And with frost forecast there too, they adopted the same approach. In spite of global warming and the advantageous microclimate of central London, Bloomsbury is still not quite like that of South Africa. That’s not to say that a taxi was sent round to the Director’s house to roll him out of bed and collect his bed sheets. The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Kew Gardens to most of us) were planting the display and used the same fleece we should be buying for our Pennsylvania garden.
The idea of the planting at the British Museum, by the way, is to highlight the extraordinary diversity of plant life native to South Africa’s Cape region and to make connections between plants, people and the objects on display in the museum’s Africa galleries. Sounds fascinating. The display opens on Thursday.
Find out more about the South Africa Landscape at the British Museum.