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Water melon as an emblem of Palestine – 2

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Badges on hat worn by a woman at a protest against the International Military Helicopter – ‘Delivering the next generation of rotary capabilities up to and beyond 2040’ – event held at Twickenham (Rugby) Stadium, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, 27 February 2024.

For information on the use of water melon (Citrus lanatus) see post of 25 November 2023.

Mothering Sunday flowers, 2024

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Advertisement at junction of Streatham High Road with Lewin Road, London Borough of Lambeth, 26 February 2024.

REMINDER: Event on 3 March

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Walk and Talk, stopping to discuss plants seen on route, on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth,  Saturday 3 March, starting at 10.30 a.m. and continuing for about an hour.   Route to be decided according to the weather and mobility of those present.  For further details see the Events page on this website.

Image: Balkan anemone, Anemone blanda, in Streatham Woods, Tooting Common, where it has been known since 2015, but is apparently decreasing due to invasive ivy; February 2024.

Flowers for St Volodymyr – 5

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Flowers placed on the plinth of the statue of St Volodymyr, the patron saint of Ukraine, in Holland Park Avenue, London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, 24 February 2024, the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Recycled Christmas trees raise £57,000

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According to a report in New Blackmore Vale magazine of 16 February 2024, the Dorset recycling company Eco Sustainable Solutions has raised £57,788 for three local charities, by recycling 4,400 Christmas trees.  The recycled trees were converted into about 36 cubic metres – ‘around 720 wheelbarrow loads’ – of woodland mulch.

Easter lilies – 2024

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Note at entrance to St James’ church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, asking for funds to buy Easter lilies in remembrance of loved ones to decorate the church on Easter Day.

Photographed 18 February 2024.

No flowers in Lent – 3

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Part of flower rota in St Peter’s (Anglican) church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, photographed 19 February 2024.  Flowers ‘have to be out by the 12th February’, presumably so that there are none in the church during Lent, which starts on 14 February.

St James’s, the other Anglican church in the town, had flowers  at least during the early days of Lent, including Sunday 18 February, when it hosted a Snowdrop Service.

 

Flowers for Alexei Navalny

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Flowers placed on railings and pavement opposite the Russian Embassy, in Notting Hill, London, commemorating the life of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died in prison in Siberia on 16 February 2024; believed to have been murdered by agents acting on behalf of President Vladimir Putin.

Photographed 20 February 2024.

Shaftesbury’s Snowdrop Festival, 2024

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The annual Snowdrop Festival in Shaftesbury, Dorset, took place on 10 – 18 February 2024, when some 25 events, including lectures, a bulb fair, walks, a snowdrop lantern parade and a snowdrop church service were held.

Decorated shop window.


Seed and bulb fair in Town Hall, Saturday 17th

Snowdrop lantern parade in blustery wet weather, Saturday 17th.

‘After Parade’ party in the Town Hall.

Poster for Sunday afternoon church service.

Valentine’s flowers, 2024 – 4

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Flower stall in Westfield shopping centre, Shepherds Bush, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, 14 February 2024.

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