Collections

Potty Gardening Club: Compost

16/09/202006:0415/09/2020 11:21Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty Gardeners, We hope you are staying safe and well. The Potty Gardeners club blog has been going for 7 months now and we have covered lots of different subjects and activities. You can look at them all here if you haven’t already done so. This week we are looking into the world […]

Potty Gardening Club: Plants that Fight Back

02/09/202012:3609/09/2020 14:15Leave a Comment

Plants are not always the defenceless things you may think they are. Some fight back! Roses, brambles and hawthorn have thorns and holly has prickles. Thorns, spines, and prickles are hard modifications of leaves, stems or buds with sharp ends whose sole purpose is to deter animals from eating them. Nettles are different and perhaps […]

Potty Gardening Club: Ant Farmers and Aphid Cattle

19/08/202006:3317/08/2020 12:42Leave a Comment

Some of the smallest creatures in your garden are the insects and they are truly wonderful and fascinating little beasties. A garden may contain hundreds of unseen insects all trying to multiply and survive in whatever way they can and some insects have ingenious ways to help them survive. One of the most abundant insects […]

Potty Gardening Club: Earthworms

05/08/202006:5703/08/2020 12:03Leave a Comment

One of the most important creatures in your garden is not always easily seen. It lives beneath the ground tunnelling by eating the soil, breaking it up and carrying compost down into the ground. Worms eat their own weight in organic waste, soil and minerals and pass out their own weight in casts (worm poo) […]

“Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!”

The school holidays have officially started and while we may not be going abroad on holiday, many of us are looking forward to short breaks or days out in this country. The concept of a fortnight away in the sun is quite a modern one. It was not until 1938 that the Holidays with Pay […]

Potty Gardening Club: Dandelion – Friend or Foe?

22/07/202006:0622/07/2020 10:27Leave a Comment

Dandelions are one of the most successful plants in the world, they seem to grow anywhere! In the cracks of the pavement, in your lawn and flower bed, at the side of the road – in fact anywhere they can set roots down. We are all familiar with dandelion clocks, like the one in my […]

Spitfire Progress – Dispersed Production

The Coronavirus outbreak halted much of the work on Spitfire RW388 for a number of weeks. Several members have been working on new or refurbished parts away from the main workshop. There are many pieces of the Spitfire which were missing when it came to the city. Replacing these with replicas or authentic spares has […]

Potty Gardening Club: Moths and Butterflies

08/07/202006:5901/07/2020 13:09Leave a Comment

Hello Potty Gardeners, welcome to another session of your Gardening Club. This week we will be looking at butterflies and moths. We have all seen butterflies, and sometimes moths, fluttering about our gardens and I am sure we have all seen the caterpillars as they munch their way through different plants. Did you know there […]

Potty Gardening Club: Growing from Seed

24/06/202006:5529/06/2020 11:26Leave a Comment

Hello again Potty gardeners, Did you do any of the previous experiments? Keep watching them, they will grow! This week we are continuing with growing things. Plant seeds come in many different shapes and sizes. Look at the picture below of just some of the seeds I have in my greenhouse. From these tiny seeds […]

Frank Scott Collection of Rolled Pipe Clay Figures.

23/06/202009:0223/06/2020 09:11Leave a Comment

In 2016 The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery’s ceramics department acquired their very own wine butler, shepherd, gardener, conjuror, two strongmen and a drunk! These welcomed additions to the department are of course rolled clay figures and not a new intake of staff members. To be exact the museum was fortunate enough to acquire the […]