Thursday, 7 October 2010

Green Shoots

As Jeff Goldblum kept saying in Jurassic Park, nature finds a way. We're metres underground, in the artificially lit, hostile environment of Liverpool Central. Trains are whizzing past every five minutes on electrified tracks. There's hardly any fresh air. But somehow, these plants have managed to find a little dirt, a little water, and have started to grow out of the drainage holes by the track. It's almost inspiring, even if it does raise troubling questions about the maintenance regime.

(Also, has the Doctor dropped his sonic screwdriver under the tracks, or what?)


3 comments:

RJGraham said...

A potential entry for http://railwayeye.blogspot.com/search/label/2010%20Railway%20Garden%20Competition

Chris P said...

Those are liverworts. They don't have roots as such, and will sprout up just about anywhere in Britain where there's a bit of sunlight and moisture

The Open University have got an interesting new website (iSpot where you can upload photos of any plants or animals that you see for someone to try and identify. I don't actually work for the Open University, I just think it's a nice idea!

Merseytart said...

I have an odd tree in my garden; I'll have to use that site quick before the leaves disappear - thanks!

My horticultural knowledge begins and ends with "flower" "tree" "bush" and "green stuff". I was impressed that anything could live down there.