Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Guerilla Galanthus


Today I passed a small display of Galanthus nivalis, guerilla styley, and I couldn't resist snapping a quick picture to share with my readers.  I must apologise for the picture quality as I only had my mobile phone to hand.  

A simple ring of snowdrops around the base of a large tree doesn't seem to be the most inspiring or controversial of insurgent planting schemes but it is the position of the of this display, in relation to surrounding buildings, which is quite inspiring.  Guerilla gardening is usually carried out to make an otherwise dull area more appealing, useful or improve the look of an area, see here.  Often colourful and useful guerilla gardens add purpose to unused land but in some council patrolled areas, such as the area in which these snowdrops are planted, grand schemes are not always achievable.  The display I came across can be found outside the town court building and it is a most welcomed sight to behold in an otherwise grey and uninspiring place.  Within this setting I think that the demure but beautiful snowdrop is pitched just right to be able to slip under the radar and escape the council compost heap strimmer or ride on lawn mower.

I can only imagine that a member of the public planted the snowdrops a few years ago.  The other trees in the area are collared with moss and grass and when I  think of it there are no other flowers in sight.  A small protest in an area dominated by large concrete structures, concrete paths, patchy lawn and a few mature trees most certainly gains my approval.  Who knows, in the next year or so other guerilla protests may pop up!

Have you spotted any Guerilla schemes?  Have you planted any yourself?  Please leave a comment with your experiences.

8 comments:

  1. What a great geurilla scheme no immediate incriminating evidence :)

    I love the new blog design by the way!

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  2. I bet that tree is thinking, "holy crap, I'm surrounded and outnumbered, now what?"

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  3. It's lovely to see snowdrops in flower again.

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  4. I am keeping a blog on gg efforts in Minneapolis, MN USA. We are still 2 months away from blooming bulbs! Currently trying to round up volunteers to manage a big clean-up of dead rose gardens in a key part of the city.

    www.guerrillagardensne.blogspot.com

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  5. That was and interesting post. I've never heard of that term before. I suppose I could be doing some guerilla gardening at my place.

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  6. Love the pure white of the snowdrops. White is such an amazing colour to have in the garden, particularly at dusk.

    I've been concentrating on some of my own guerilla planting lately. Will post some pictures when it all comes to fruition!

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  7. Looks like those snowdrops are already seeding about in the grass and will continue to do so. Kudos to their planter.

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  8. I love the idea of guerilla gardening. I'm going to have to keep it in mind.

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