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High Praise for Tulips

Anna Pavord. The Curious Gardener: A Year in the Garden. As far as I am concerned, these are the best, indeed the only flowers to send or receive on Valentine’s Day. Wild, irrepressible, wayward, unpredictable, strange, subtle, generous, elegant, tulips … Continue reading

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On Tulips, Vanitas, and Collecting

The collector speaks. The conversation moves on to a painting she has just bought. A bunch of tulips arranged in a crystal vase, their white petals streaked with yellow and pink. One of the petals has fallen off already onto … Continue reading

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Tulip Temptations

Anna Pavord in The Tulip relates the strange and wonderous story of William Pegg. Derby’s star flower painter was William Pegg (1775-1851) whose father had been a gardener at Etwall Hall, near Derby, a hotbed of societies devoted to the … Continue reading

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3 Lecture-Letters on Wabi-Sabi

for Pauline and Désirée Letter One Hello So glad you signed up for the weekly Wabi Sabi info flow. This week — surprise — there are no pictures. I was looking at the well seasoned wok in which almost nothing … Continue reading

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Time-Limited Trees – Time-Unimited Neighbours

The author of this poem has a quandary: Must I fight for my wife’s desire for yellow blooms when my neighbors’ tomatoes will stunt and blight in shade? Always the same story: two people, one tree, not enough land or … Continue reading

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Horticultural Rorschach

The front of a card sent by my friend Nicola made by her friend and hairdresser Kevin. Sent to mark my birthday. I love the translucent quality of the bloom. I think they are parrot tulips. Nicola says they could … Continue reading

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Discovery and Joy

I am currently reading (have currently read) A Hacker’s Manifesto by McKenzie Wark who is much inspired by Deleuze and Guattari. From my reading I note two sentences (order inverted by me) from section 060 … The virtuality of the … Continue reading

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Still Life and A Fan of Links

The idea that nests and insects (butterflies) can figure the regeneration of life in a nature morte stems from this blog entry https://berneval.hcommons.org/2010/06/02/on-tulips-vanitas-and-collecting/ and a search of vanitas + birds + nests led to the work of Kimberly Witham https://www.kimberlywitham.com … Continue reading

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Clusters of a Single Species

I have begun reading the work of American poet Philip Levine. This little bit from “Winter Words” collected in A Walk with Tom Jefferson is delightful in its exactitude and its animation: Birthday tulips, twelve hothouse flowers of royal purple … Continue reading

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Room to Play

Lisa Pasold produced this chapbook with green cover with the stamp of spades in each corner (difficult to see – it’s black on dark green). Its title appropriate to its cover is green as the three of diamonds which immediately … Continue reading

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