Noisy neighbours cartoon
Cartoon showing problem neighbours hanging a loudspeaker outdoors in a tree.
A gardener is hanging a bird nesting box in a tree. The loudspeaker looks very similar to the nesting box, which is part of the joke
A humorous observation about neihbors from hell, encouraging birds in the garden, inconsiderate neighbours
Cartoon reference number: a578
Topiary cartoon – gardener creating a topiary chair
Cartoon showing a gardener relaxing in a chair that he has clipped as a piece of topiary from a bush. He is reading a magazine called ‘Topiary Monthly’
A cartoon about topiary art, clipping hedges, topiary animals, garden furniture, garden chairs, relaxing in the garden.
Cartoon reference number: a296
Cartoon about obsessive data collection
Cartoon showing a gardener measuring the length of a bud on a tree and determining the progress of the seasons as a result.
This is a cartoon about people who feel a need to measure things as a way of feeling that they are in control of their lives and environment.
This cartoon isn’t a criticism of the data collecting urge. After all, where would we be without the people who do it? It’s due to them that we can predict what will happen in the future (The man in the cartoon is precisely predicting the time till the arrival of spring).
A cartoon about control freaks, creating order, psychological personality types.
Cartoon reference number: a291
Garden cartoon – garden seating up a tree cartoon
Cartoon showing a garden seat high in the branches of a tree
There is a spiral staircase going round the trunk of the tree, providing access to the top of the tree
A cartoon that refers to the recent trend to construct aerial walkways or arboreal walkways through the upper branches of trees, allowing people to explore the tree canopy. Examples include the Xstrata Treetop Walkway in Kew Gardens, London.
The cartoon also refers to the tree houses built in trees by children (or their parents).
Part of the joke in the cartoon is that the two people sitting on a bench in the tree are old people rather than the young and agile people you’d expect.
A cartoon about garden seating, garden chairs, relaxing in the garden, suburban gardening.
Cartoon reference number: a290
Garden tree cartoon – sawing a branch off a tree while sitting on the branch
Cartoon about the cliche of a man sawing a branch off a tree while sitting on the branch.
In the usual version of this cartoon cliche the man is sitting on the part of the branch which will fall to the ground when cut – a joke about human stupidity.
In this version of the cartoon the man has realised this danger and has sat on the part of the branch that will remain attached to the tree.
However, he’s overlooked the fact that his ladder was leaning on the branch and has fallen to the ground, stranding him on the stump of the branch high in the tree.
A cartoon about hubris, the law of unforeseen consequences, insufficient planning, foreword planning, flawed planning strategies, flaws in reasoning.
Cartoon reference number: a281
Fruit gardening cartoon – a glut of fruit on a pear tree
Cartoon about the problem of gluts of seasonal food or the over abundance of seasonal crops
The gardener complaining that all of the fruit on a fruit tree arrives at once.
A cartoon about fruit gardening, vegetable gardens, harvesting fruit, pear trees, garden fruit, allotment gardening, autumn gardens, fall gardening, fruit picking.
Cartoon reference number: a279
Gardening cartoon – how blossom imposes itself on your senses
Cartoon showing gardeners commenting on how plants can go unnoticed except when they are in flower
The gardener is saying that it’s amazing how a tree stands there unnoticed all year – then it comes into blossom and you can’t take your eyes off it.
A cartoon about blooms, flowers, colour in the garden, attention-seeking flowers, attractive blossom, cherry blossom time, flowering trees, summer gardens.
Cartoon reference number: a278
Cartoon showing autumn leaves blowing off a garden tree – into a neighbour’s garden
Cartoon showing a gardener saying “Always plant trees so that the prevailing wind blows the autumn leaves next door”
A cartoon about the importance of planting a garden taking into account the direction of the prevailing wind
As well as the direction of the prevailing wind the gardener needs to take into account other aspects of the orientation of the garden, such as the direction in which it is facing in relation to the sun.
Cartoon reference number: a244
Garden topiary cartoon – bushes clipped into the shape of pointing hands
Comic illustration showing bushes in a garden or park trimmed to the shape of pointing hands
The people are looking in the directions that the bushes are pointing in
Cartoon reference number: a226
Gardening humour – airborne sycamore seeds invading a garden
Cartoon showing sycamore ‘helicopters’ fluttering down into a garden on a gust of wind.
The gardener is saying “Isn’t nature wonderful? All those sycamore seeds fluttering over our garden – and every last one of them fertile”
A joke about invasive species of trees, seed propagation, evolved seed dispersal strategies.
Cartoon reference number: a224
Suburban gardening cartoon – planting flowers and shrubs in the neighbour’s neglected garden
Joke showing a gardener sneaking into their next door neighbour’s overgrown garden to plant a bush or tree
A comic illustration about extending your garden into next door’s garden by secretly planting bushes and trees.
Cartoon reference number: a217
Gardening humour about fruit trees – collecting windfalls from a pear tree
A windfall fruit is falling straight into a bag labeled ‘windfalls’
Windfalls are normally associated with apples and apple trees, however I’ve used pears in my cartoon because they are a more interesting and recognisable shape.
Cartoon reference number: a215
A cartoon about house names. Turning Oak Cottage into Primrose Cottage
Chopping down an oak tree in a garden means that the house name needs to be changed from Oak Cottage.
There’s a primrose in the garden, so the house name is changed to Primrose Cottage.
A humorous illustration about garden trees, felling trees, chopping down trees, garden flowers, wild flowers in the garden, natural gardens, tree stump in garden.
Cartoon reference number: a214
Christmas gardening cartoon.
A cartoon showing a keen gardener receiving a Christmas present – a “grow-your-own” oak tree. In other words, an acorn.
A joke about men’s hobbies and pass-times, planting trees, re-establishing woodland, conservation, green Christmas presents.
Cartoon reference number: a206
Garden cartoon. A novel use for unwanted Christmas presents
A cartoon showing a gardener using an unwanted Christmas present (a tie) to secure a sapling to a stake.
Cartoon reference number: a200
Garden cartoon. Low branch – mind your head
Showing a man walking under a branch on a tree in a park or garden that has a warning sign “Mind your head”
The man thinks the sign is to warn against low hanging branches that might bump your head, but it’s actually about the danger of falling branches.
A joke about health and safety, – and the danger of falling branches.
Drawn: June 2006
Cartoon reference number: a174
Autumn gardening cartoon
Autumn or fall gardening cartoon – gluing the fallen autumn leaves back onto a tree.
The leaves are being stuck back onto the branches of the tree with glue so that the branches aren’t bare during the winter and so that the trees can provide some winter colour in the garden.
The man in the cartoon is saying “I’m gluing the fallen leaves back on so that we get autumn colour right through the winter.”
Cartoon reference number: a163
Fruit Gardening Cartoon – children are no longer interested in scrumping (stealing apples)
Cartoon showing children walking under an apple tree laden with apples, and not being interested in picking any of them because they are too engrossed in modern technological devices such as cell phones or other hand held electronic devices.
Cartoon reference number: a161
Food supply cartoon
Supermarket food replacing homegrown or locally sourced produce
Woman picking organic apples from a tree in the garden, with man buying fruit in supermarket
A cartoon about organic food, home grown fruit, supermarkets, shopping
Cartoon reference number: env113
From my selection of environment cartoons
How pesticide increases apple crop yield
A cartoon about using toxic agricultural chemicals for pest control
In this cartoon the pests being controlled are generally young children who steal the fruit from the trees.
Crop yield is increased by deterring people from stealing the apples off the tree (scrumping).
The cartoon is partly inspired by the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Cartoon reference number: env117