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Garden Bouquet, Bluebell and Kaja

I collected some prettiness from our garden to make a small bouquet to take to our Dear friend, Ti. In it there was a branch of Crinodendron Hookerarium, some Clematis Montana, two kinds of Pittosporum, some beautifully scented Choisya Ternata Apple Blossom and a few Spanish Bluebells.

In their developing woodland a few English Bluebells have arrived. What a joy!

Kaja loved walking there with us, almost disappearing in the long grass.

Kaja

As I am just finishing writing this evening, Radio 4 has just told me that it is International Dylan Thomas Day. I love the works of this amazing poet who died far too young. If you put his name into my search bar you will find many posts with his poems. His book, “Deaths and Entrances” was my first introduction to his poems, bought for me when I was about 11 years old.

‘A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London’  touched me then and still does.  It is not as harsh as it sounds. He seems to be asking why one death should be mourned more than another. We are all of equal value.

Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking 
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
Or sow my salt seed
In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn

The majesty and burning of the child’s death.
I shall not murder
The mankind of her going with a grave truth
Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
With any further 
Elegy of innocence and youth.

Deep with the first dead lies London’s daughter,
Robed in the long friends,
The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
Secret by the unmourning water
Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.
 

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Glendurgan Gardens, Bluebells and A Maze

It’s Bluebell time and I had heard that the Bluebells in the Gardens of Glendurgan are stunning so off we went. I just have to say here, for those who know about my hip replacement, that to set off without a stick, to be able to stomp about wherever I want, to walk right down the valley to the beach and back makes me so very happy! Please enjoy the walk with us. Click on any photo for the caption and an enlargement.

 

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Bluebells, Camellia and Purple Sprouting Broccoli

1   English Bluebells are very beautiful, have a purply tinge (usually, though one can find white and pink ones), dark stems and bend over gracefully because the little bells all come on one side.   Spanish Bluebells are the invaders! They are stronger, have thicker stems and have the little bells all around the stem so they don’t bend over but stay upright. I see both on my walk up from town and they are both pretty and the two can cross pollinate. Sadly, if the spread of the Spanish Bluebell is not halted we will lose our delicate English bluebells.

Beautiful English Bluebells

Beautiful English Bluebells

Spanish Bluebells

Spanish Bluebells

English bluebell

English bluebell

Pink English bluebell

Pink English bluebell

2    The Camellias over the road have been hit by the forst but actually, I think they are even more beautiful with the edges in that lovely soft sand colour, especially with the sun shining through.

Frosted camellia

Frosted camellia

3   I love Purple sprouting broccoli!

Purple sprouting broccoli

Purple sprouting broccoli

P.S. I’ve just learned this too from  The Natural History Museum  

“Pollen colour
The easiest way to tell the difference between native and non-native bluebells is to look at the colour of the pollen.
If it is creamy-white then the bluebell is a native.  If it is any other colour, such as pale green or blue, then it is definitely not native.
When the pollen is shed, the empty anther can be a pale cream colour, so make sure you look at the most recently opened flowers at the top of the spike, to find the true colour of the pollen.”

 

 

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