"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."
"The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth."
Dorothy Frances Gurney
This week's 'Friendship Group' cognitive stimulation therapy session focused on 'The Garden' and all things in it, because April was 'National Gardening Month'.
To facilitate and illustrate the session, we printed off some images of gardeners and gardens (and related things) for the tables and when we came to a discussion point including the person, place or thing asked members to locate the image and hold it up. We included some local parks that members would recognise.
We continued the discussion by asking members if they like gardening or if they have a favourite flower, herb or shrub.
We asked members who would say they 'have green fingers'? We discussed the meaning of this phrase.
We asked if any members had an allotment, shed or pond?
We put up on the white board things people like or dislike about the garden ...
Likes included: Flowers, fragrances, smell of garden fire, smell of freshly cut lawn, birds, butterflies, bees and produce for eating.
Dislikes included: Hayfever, wasps, weeds, slugs, snails, spiders, having to mow the lawn, having to water the garden and digging beds.
We asked which are members favourite local parks and gardens?
SOPHIA GARDENS, BUTE PARK, THOMSON PARK, VICTORIA PARK, ROATH PARK, CEFN ONN PARK, COSMESTON LAKES all featured ...
PROVERBS AND IDIOMS
We asked members to complete the following phrases ...
- A bird in the hand is worth two in the BUSH (having something of even lesser value is better than taking the chance of losing it in the process of trying to achieve something more desirable)
- A rolling stone gathers no MOSS (a person who does not settle in one place will not accumulate wealth or status, or responsibilities or commitments)
- The grass is always greener on the other SIDE (the things other people have or their situations always look better than your own, even when they are not really so)
- The early bird catches the WORM (one who arrives first has the best chance for success)
- The apple doesn't fall far from the TREE (a child usually has a similar character or qualities to his or her parents)
- You reap what you SOW (you eventually have to face up to the consequences of your actions)
- People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw STONES (you shouldn't criticise other people for bad qualities in their character that you may have yourself)
- Oops-a-DAISY (expression of encouragement to a child who has fallen or is being lifted)
- A late BLOOMER (a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual)
- A needle in the HAYSTACK (something that is extremely difficult to find because the area you have to search is too large)
- A shrinking VIOLET (an exaggeratedly shy person)
- Snake in the GRASS (a person who is treacherous or deceitful)
- As fresh as a DAISY (healthy and full of energy)
- Out of the WOODS (out of danger or difficulty, or being thrown a lifeline)
- Pushing up DAISIES (dead and buried)
- To come up smelling of ROSES (emerge from a difficult situation with one's reputation in tact)
- To hold out an olive BRANCH (do or say something to show you want to end a disagreement with someone)
- To let something go to SEED (a person or thing which is past it's prime and no longer full of life)
- To nip something in the BUD (suppress or destroy something at an early stage)
- To let the grass grow under your FEET (to delay in taking action or an opportunity and risk losing it)
- To lead somebody up the garden PATH (to mislead, deceive, hoodwink or seduce somebody)
- To beat about the BUSH (avoid talking about a difficult or embarrassing situation or subject)
- Green FINGERED (a good gardener)
MUSIC & PICTURE
Round 1. In The Garden
1. In which garden were Adam and Eve seduced into eating the forbidden fruit by the serpent?
What was the 'forbidden fruit'?
2. Who is the Patron Saint of Gardens, as known as 'The Little Flower'?
3. On which device would you tell the time in a garden?
Which common or garden weed provides another 'clock'?
4. Trees that shed their leaves each year are called what?
Trees that keep their leaves all year are?
5. What does the term 'perennial' mean?
6. What liquid does a flower produce which attracts bees and butterflies?
7. How do you tell the age of a tree?
8. What about the Japanese art of propagating miniature trees?
9. What is the art of clipping trees and hedges into ornamental forms called?
10. If you wanted to buy a bunch of flowers for a loved one, which shop would you visit?
What is the name given to the floral foam they use to make flower arrangements?
11. SONG. 'In An English Country Garden', by Jimmie Rodgers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUyxCP5Rvco
Think of some occasions on which you would give flowers?
Round 2. Flowers & Weeds
12. What are the flowers of the four nations?