Return to Eden

I have been very busy recently, life just hasn’t stood still! I had a few days off last week when my parents came up for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show which was fantastic, as well as other news to update you all with. Until then here is another post about what I got up to when I went home for Easter – enjoy! 🙂

When I was home for the Easter break I managed to pop back to the Eden Project early one morning before it opened to the public. It felt great to be back, wandering amongst the tropical plants in the Rainforest Biome it felt like I had never been away.

The Rainforest Biome

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Inside

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Bananas!

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The waterfall

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It’s weird to think this time last year I was working there, having no idea where I was going to end up after my apprenticeship – now look at me!

I’m living in a different part of the country, working in a totally different garden, all set to move to Wales in less than four months. Life couldn’t be more amazing and exciting right now! I live by the words “appreciate everything, regret nothing.”

Enough of my thoughts rambling on, back to Eden! The biome looked awesome, a few of my favourite plants were out such as Pachystachys lutea, also known as the Lollipop plant, and a gorgeous red Hibiscus flower.

Pachystachys lutea

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Aphelandra sinclairiana

Aphelandra sinclairiana

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Hibiscus

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I went to the top of the viewing platform and got some great aerial shots of the biome.

The viewing platform

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About to ascend!

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Aerial shots of the Biome

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The sun was rising outside, making the silhouette of the biome even more dramatic in the morning light.

Silhouettes of the Biome

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After reminiscing at Eden I stopped by the beach on the way home. Porthpean hadn’t changed, the sea was as bright and beautiful as ever. No matter where I go in the world, I’ll never forget Cornwall – I’ll always return home. 🙂

Porthpean beach

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Eden Update

First written and posted on 29th December, 2012. Please click here if you would like to read the original post on This and That.

A lot has happened since my last post, things have been manic but great at the same time – life doesn’t get much better when you’re too busy enjoying it to have time to write about it!

At the moment I am on holiday, and am back home in Devon to spend Christmas and New Year with my family. I haven’t had a chance to write until now because my laptop died several weeks ago, making it difficult to get any coursework done, let alone do personal writing of my own. 
You may have read my previous post about the death of a colleague, which has been hard to deal with but I am coming to terms with it now. The funeral and memorial service, which was held at Eden last month, couldn’t have been better – over a hundred people attended and shared their memories of Matt, which made the day so special. 
Since the beginning of December I have been working in one of the most famous places at Eden – the Rainforest biome. It is such an amazing place, I was blown away by it when I first visited Eden, so to finally get to work in there has been a dream come true. It’s pretty surreal being in the biome, it can be freezing cold and raining outside but as soon as I step into the giant bubble I’m in a tropical paradise wearing only shorts and a t-shirt. What could be better than that?! 
My favourite thing about the Rainforest is the plants – Eden is one of the few places in England where I can experience working with plants from all areas of the world and, for me, the tropical species are the most exciting. 
My knowledge of rainforest species has increased dramatically, I learnt so much in there that I was actually really sad when my three weeks were up – the time literally flew by.
I’ve included photos I took of different orchids and bromeliads, as well as various palms and spice plants. There’s even a quick snapshot of some tropical moorhens which we have running round the biome! 
My favourite area in the Rainforest is the Amazon, which is the highest point in the biome. When I’m up there first thing in the morning, with only the sound of the waterfall for company, it honestly feels like I’m in the middle of the jungle – moments like that are just priceless.
When I go back to Eden after my holiday I will be working with the Nursery team, which is on the same site where I live. The advantage of that is I am a few yards away from work, meaning I will get a lie-in every morning – I can’t wait!! 
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year – roll on 2013!