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Less is more: the lesson to be learnt from Bruce Bogtrotter
“You wanted cake, you got cake! Now EAT IT!” – Miss Trunchbull, Matilda – Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl is famous for creating interesting characters and vivid scenes in his books and one of the most dramatic must be the scene in Matilda in which headmistress Miss Trunchbull punishes an 11 year old boy, Bruce Bogtrotter, for eating a slice of her cake, by forcing him to eat a giant cake by himself.
It’s a funny scene but it portrays a certain truth – that no matter how nice something is, there’s always the potential to have too much of it.
The same’s true of gardens – there are so many amazing plants and flowers out there; there are a whole variety of colours and textures to play with, and there are interesting and innovative ways of displaying them like topiary and interesting planting plans. But how you use these is key. And sometimes, less is more. This is a lesson that springs to mind when we look at the images of the Dubai Miracle Garden. This Guinness World Record-holding garden in Dubai is aiming to become the world’s biggest flower garden, with state of the art landscaping and a rather bizarre aim to reduce the world’s carbon footprint (quite a challenge, when irrigating plants in the desert).
The Dubai Miracle Garden has some incredible architectural planting and some bold, bright colour combinations – but the combination of all of the different elements is a tad overwhelming. If it was possible to recreate Disneyland entirely out of flowers, then these are probably the gardeners to do it.
NB If you ever find yourself, like Bruce, wanting to eat a whole chocolate cake at once, there may be a medical reason for it. Apparently, you can end up eating too much sugar due to a loss of taste. Is this also related to garish planting plans? We couldn’t possibly comment…