"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?
13. If you get stung by nettles, which plant's leaves should you rub your skin with to soothe it?
14. How tall can a Sunflower grow?
15. What spice comes from the Crocus?
16. Name this flower?
17. How many varieties of Rose are there?
18. What plant/flower is known as 'The Butterfly Bush'?
19. Which kitchen item does this flower give its name to?
20. What is the sacred flower of Buddhism?
21. What is the name of this Christmas flower?
22. SONG. 'Flowers In The Rain', The Move - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_laosNxqzNg Hippies were associated with which peace movement in the 1960s?
Round 3. Herbs
23. What herb sauce is often served with fish?
24. What herb is used to make Pesto Sauce?
25. Which herb is often used as a savoury bread topping in Italian cookery?
26. Which herb is often used in pickling cucumbers?
27. Which herb sauce is often served with roast lamb?
28. What is the main herb ingredient in Paxo stuffing?
29. Which health benefit is Lavender said to have?
30. Which spice gives us oil that can ease toothache?
31. What is the main herb used in the Pastis drink Pernod?
32. What is the proper name for the 'herb' or 'weed' that CBD oil comes from?
33. SONG. 'Scarborough Fair', Simon & Garfunkel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ccgk8PXz64
In which English county would you find Scarborough?
Round 4. TV
34. Who was the first lead presenter of the TV series 'Gardeners World'?
35. Who was the main presenter of the BBC gardening show 'Ground Force'?
36. Name the 'flower pot men'?
37. What were the character's names in 'The Magic Roundabout'?
38. What was the name of the 'very friendly lion' in the children's TV show 'The Herbs'?
39. Name the other two characters in the children's TV show 'Hector's House'?
40. Who starred as Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally in the 1979 children's TV series about a scarecrow?
41, Which 'flower' was associated with the TV comedy series 'Keeping Up Appearances'?
42. Name the TV show?
43. Name the TV show, based on the James Herriot book 'It Shouldn't Happen To A Vet'?
44. SONG. 'Love Is Like A Butterfly', Dolly Parton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvh5WelBcAg Who starred in the hit UK TV sitcom 'Butterflies'? Name some common butterflies?
'Take Me Home Country Roads', John Denver - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTeUdJky9rY
Ask members to say where they grew up? Where is home now?
Where in the song is 'almost heaven'?
'San Francisco', Scott McKenzie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaPy1JBlxcI What is the famous red bridge which crosses San Francisco Bay? THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
How about the infamous island prison there?
'Build Me Up Buttercup', The Foundations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9oqUxUWIUw What does a buttercup tell a person about another? IF THEY LIKE BUTTER (IT GLOWS YELLOW UNDER THEIR CHIN)
Which margarine famously is made from sunflower oil?
'Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree', Dawn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-RlLFxgCkk From which seed does an oak tree grow? AN ACORN
What signifies dawn?
SUNRISE, DAWN CHORUS, SOUND OF A MILK FLOAT
Green Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYjBpgz2lus Does anyone in the group suffer with hayfever? What is it that is produced by a flower, grass or tree that makes you sneeze? POLLEN What tablet might you take to help you stop sneezing? ANTIHISTAMINE
'I Never Promised You A Rose Garden', Lynn Anderson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0VTAvYg98E
Make a list of spring, summer, autumn nd winter flowers
Spring flowers - crocus, tulip, daffodil, primrose, bluebell
Summer flowers - rose, geranium, hydrangea, sunflower
Autumn flowers - dahlia, begonia, gladioli, chrysanthemum
Winter flowers - poinsettia, pansies, snowdrop
Weeds - Dandelion, stinging nettles, daisies, ivy
'Woodstock', Mathews Southern Comfort - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn9hi9fAwUQ
List some deciduous and evergreen trees.
Deciduous - oak, maple, birch, ash, willow, poplar, beech, chestnut, sycamore
Evergreen - pine, spruce, cedar, bay, eucalyptus, olive
Planting seeds - cress and mustard. For making sandwiches in a later session. Planting tomato plants - or similar. Having produce to taste is a great reward for your efforts. Pressing flowers An alternative to layering and pressurising flowers (the traditional method) is to bang flowers between blotting paper on the floor with a rolling pin. The colour discharges and remains on the paper, making instant prints. Arranging flowers Bring a few bunches of flowers and a couple of vases and have members arrange the flowers as they wish. Use some oasis for a more artistic effort.
A nice mindfulness activity to use with the 'Greensleeves' classical music track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSjfkwvOOAM is to hand each member a flower to look closely at and observe in fine detail - look, colour, texture, smell, memories it brings to mind etc. (Caution. Just be aware that some clients with more advanced dementia may have hyperorality as a symptom and be at risk of putting flowers into their mouths. If there is any concern regarding this maybe don't use this activity.) Painting flowers. As an alternative to flower arranging, ask members if any of them would prefer to have a go at painting the flowers. Display products with pride. Smells box. In the 'Resources' page, there is a link to a reminiscence smells box which provides a great activity. Fresh herbs and fruit smell and taste session. Try: - Tomatoes with basil and chives - Cucumber with dill and vinegar - Strawberries with mint and sugar - Apples with honey and yoghurt. Maybe with a glass of Dandelion and Burdock pop as a refreshment and another reminiscence opportunity. (Cautions. Be aware of any allergies. And any swallow concerns.)
1. Garden Of Eden / Apple
2. St Theresa Of Lisieux
3. Sundial / Dandelion
4. Deciduous / Evergreen
5. Flowers each year
7. Count its rings
10. Florist / Oasis