10 AUGUST 1985, Page 24

Garden Olympics

In the urn a torch has lit the busy-lizzie.

Officious pigeons start some vague proceedings.

The crowded, brightly-hatted nasturtium audience Raises green parasols against the sunlight.

A far competitor thuddingly puts an apple.

Crouching upon his starting-blocks, the weeder.

A blackbird stutters to its take-off.

A bee on the lavender fails the pole-vault.

The privet's made ready for the coming horses. Routine dope-testing: wasps seem all unready.

What mighty throw will come from this squat figure, More arms and legs than most, poised in the circle?

Roy Fuller