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I’ve just read in The Garden that it is possible to identify different species of wisteria from the direction in which they twine. Wisteria sinensis twines anticlockwise. Wisteria floribunda clockwise. I love facts like this, facts that remind us how intricate and precise the natural world is.  In my university days I studied Behavioural Science and the highlight of my degree was a field trip to Portugal to study bees.  We were testing the hypothesis that bees movement around a plant to gather nectar was directional. Did they all circle in the same direction, either clockwise or anticlockwise?  At the time I was just excited to be abroad, in the sunshine, with friends and the prospect of large amounts of wine after the bees had gone to bed. But what really struck me was how utterly idyllic is was to sit in a scented field of lavender studying those busying bees.  Perhaps it’s memories like these, the feelings of contentment associated with being immersed in nature, that instigated my career change into the world of garden design.  At home I have just planted a small lavender hedge – Lavandula angustifolia ‘Grosso’ – and am delighted to see that the bee box I put up last summer has been inhabited by a group of leaf-cutter bees. Now all I need to do is wait for the Lavender to flower and the bees to emerge and I will feel 19 all over again!

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