Image by Jacqui Brocklehurst
Cirrus clouds are the highest clouds in our atmosphere drifting between 20,000-40,000ft. Cirrus clouds are long, thin and can produce halos or giant arcs in the sky. Powered by the wind, cirrus clouds can stretch from one continent to another. They are known to take on reds, yellows and purples during sunrise and sunset. Cirrus clouds can also be found on Neptune, Mars & Jupiter.
The Cirrus Garden's floral colours are based off this image of a sunset on The Cloud Garden. The planting scheme consists of a mixture of wildflowers, herbs, salads, vegetables, cut flowers and fish pond to fertilise the garden. The Cirrus Garden is 20 stories high and is South Easterly facing. It has unobstructed views but suffers from strong easterly winds wanting to blow it across continents. As humans launch telescopes to view the stars, moons and cirrus clouds on other planets, dreaming of visiting them in our distant future; They will also look to the Cirrus Garden as an example of how urban residences could look in our immediate future.
I hope that The Cirrus Garden acts like a beacon of hope to anyone like myself who struggles with mental health and shows them that anything is possible.
I believe that in today's society gardening needs to be more accessible. As well as using some big nurseries I wanted to highlight using local nurseries and small businesses for The Cirrus Garden. Some of the plants will be coming from Chorlton Plant Nursery, the compost from Plant Grow, the bee house from Masson Bees, the pond by Get To Flux, the aquatic plants from Hulme Garden Centre and the fish from Maidenhead Aquatics.
I will also be enlisting the help of some balcony gardeners from my Balcony Gardening Facebook Group to help volunteer and man the exhibit.
Click the youtube thumbnail to find out a little bit more on my thoughts and processes behind the concept of The Cirrus Garden but also give you some hints on what's to come across my social media content over the next few weeks.
Keep reading to find out more about Thrive & Plant Grow
They use gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.
As an Ambassador for Thrive, I will be visiting Thrive HQ & shining a light on some of the great work that they do.
They have over 40 years’ experience of an approach called social and therapeutic horticulture (STH), where trained horticultural therapists work with plants and people to improve an individual’s physical and psychological health, communication and thinking skills
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