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In Living Color

Ray Rivlin

Mr. Malcolm Sender, a very sprightly 80-year-old, despite his two artificial knees, was born in Leeds, a Yorkshire town in the north of England. He still lives there. For a long time now, Mr. Sender’s “play” has been gardening and we all know gardening is messy, dirty work. It also leaves unprotected hands in danger of being stung by nettles and pricked by thorns.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

wheelbarrowHow long have you been involved in gardening, Mr. Sender?

Since my late teens, when we moved to a house with a beautiful but enormous garden and I was the only one in the family who seemed to care about it. A cultivated garden is like a newborn baby. It needs looking after. I liked the challenge and was happy to take it on.

 

Did you change the garden?

Yes, indeed. I cut down some trees, built a greenhouse, and began growing Alpine plants such as auriculars (aw-rick-you-lars), a kind of primrose with leaves that look like bears’ ears sprinkled with baby powder. I also grew fuchsias (few-shas), an ornamental shrub with hanging flowers. The purple, red, and white fuchsias, together with the purple and green auriculars, made a splendid display with my red, yellow, and white dahlias (dahl-yahs) that grew as large as dinner plates! I looked after that garden for 20 years until we moved again. 

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