01 December 2008

From Grave to Garden

Last summer, whilst walking through the old Greenough Cemetery, I noticed a lush green plant growing at the head of George Maley's grave (George was the oldest son of John Maley and died aged 16 on 29 July 1879. He had succumbed to pulmonary consumption). Any plant that could grow so prolifically in such a desolute environment deserves attention, so I took a rootlet back to the museum and planted it in the front garden.

The plant is, as I later discovered, Indian Millet, and as you can see is flourishing and providing a very decorative feature.

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