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A Garden Fit for a Poet

Cub Scouts have helped plant a new garden at the Burns Monument.

May 21, 2010

On Friday 14th May Cub Scouts from the 9th Morningside troop helped with planting native Scottish flowers for their Environmental Awareness Badge, and also learned about climate change and reducing carbon emissions. The cubs planted two types of primulas - cowslips and oxslip, snowdrops, daisies and foxgloves.

The project to develop a Burns Poetry Garden at the monument, includes red roses named after the bard, yellow 'Clarinda' roses and various wild flowers mentioned by Burns in his poetry.

Burns’ love of nature was evident in his poetry and in a letter of Newyearday morning 1789, he wrote

“I have some, favourite flowers in Spring, among which are the mountain-daisy, the hare-bell, the foxglove, the wild brier-rose, the budding birk [birch] and the hoary hawthorn, that I view and hang over with particular delight.”

*Daisy – Bellis perennis* (local- Gowan; oxeye; Mountain Daisy)

To a Mountain Daisy (On turning one down with the plough, in April 1786)

Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flow’r,

Thou’s met me in an evil hour;

For I maun crush amang the stoure

Thy slender stem:

To spare thee now is past my pow’r,

Thou bonie gem.

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