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With a stranger’s throwaway comment, my entire connection to the natural world had been recalibrated.
There really is no perfection in gardens – one plant escapes a problem by looking like something else, but in turn acquires a fault of its own.
I have botanised – the act of drifting along with the flow of the earth and its flora – in the strangest of locations: around airports and car parks, in city back-lots and on the platforms of railway stations.
It comes down to basic botany.
For a time, the US was a world-leader in protecting its wild land. Now, precious habitats could be ruined for ever by fracking and logging companies.
I am disappointed if mine are anything other than wonky, because it would suggest they have been unjustifiably cosseted.
Just as we finally understand the crucial role of bees, the US president has suspended Obama’s pollinator programme.
We need to think about the broader implications of how we affect the personality of wild animals.
What I’m witnessing is the nuptial flight of a species called Lasius niger, the common black ant
From grottos in grand landscapes to miniature Easter Island heads at home, sculptures and focal points can enhance a garden – or ruin it
The mind needs a space to wander free, encountering the fauna, real or imagined, with whom we share this earth, and the elements that shape that shared terrain.