Category Archives: mountains, flowers, landscapes

‘I cried to dream again’, (Caliban in the Tempest): post cards from Olympos

The back of Mount Olympus from the road between Ano Skotina and Kriovrisi; the summits are hidden. And now the other side, facing the sea, where crowds gather for the popular drama I have been trying to write this story … Continue reading

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Foxgloves

Here’s another favourite, also from Slovenia, an orchid which loves mountain woodland and thrives inconspicuously even in deep shade, though this one was right by the edge of a road. It’s called Epipactis atrorubens. We call it a helleborine. Its … Continue reading

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Experiencing fully

the cover of the Kew magazine shouts out: the new way to LOVE WINTER What was wrong with the old way, I wonder. And what is the new way? Well, you have to slow down, and STOP, LOOK, LOVE   … Continue reading

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Garden Notes number 20 “wouldn’t it be great if it were like this all the time”

  It’s the contrast between the lush strings and his ordinary Ulster voice; it’s the way the music stops dead at the last line and the utopian dream of ‘all the time’ becomes a moment in time that’s lost.  Ignore … Continue reading

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Garden notes 17, home and away, a further intermission

… because my mind began to wander, and it’s hard to get back to the garden. This is really what I meant to do in the last Garden Notes, i.e. show some more plants which I’ve seen in the wild … Continue reading

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garden notes 16, intermission with aubrieta

Aubrieta on Profitis Ilias in the Taygetos mountains, Peloponnese, Greece, in April. This picture should be big! See if you can make it look bigger on your screen….   But maybe its picture postcard size is appropriate, it fits that lockdown … Continue reading

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Garden notes 15, the corn cockle, aliens

see also Garden notes number twelve; sex, pests, culture wars, paradise and narrow observation I looked again at a photo I put up on the bathroom wall – It’s the corn cockle growing in a field of corn, as you might … Continue reading

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Garden notes number fourteen; swarming things, tulips

For entertainment at my birthday party – I would have been eleven, I think – my father brought home from work a film projector, a little screen and several short educational films made by companies like ICI and BP. We … Continue reading

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Garden notes number twelve; sex, pests, culture wars, paradise and narrow observation

Yesterday I browsed again – I much prefer that quiet bovine metaphor to that of the muscular (and possibly drowning) surfer – through Keith Thomas’s fascinating Man and the Natural World, thinking to illustrate, through an assembly of quotations, the … Continue reading

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Garden notes number ten, the itch to intervene, a few lines from John Clare, Adam in Eden and DH Lawrence

I’m remembering the radical ecologist (see Garden notes number three) and his airy contempt for gardeners. But also a few lines from John Clare: Where last years leaves and weeds decay / March violets are in blow I’d rake the … Continue reading

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