Why this blog?

In a nutshell: it exists in order to help you     cultivate meaningful awareness about the connections between nature & culture.      Most specifically, plants. The ultimate question:

What can our relationships with plants reveal about who we are?

Food & Gastronomy
[Series ❧ Ugandan portraits] Musa-ings on the Mato(o)ke Mysteries, part 1: the kitchen
Musa-ings on the Mato(o)ke Mysteries, part 2: the forest
Dyes & Cosmetics
A girl’s guide to dyeing your hair with henna
Scents & Perfumes | Sacred Botany
One pomegranate to bring them all…
Of Perfumes & Gods: Olibanum in a flask
Datura & I: a thorny history
Of Incense & Beans: elusive plants in Greek religion
Art(s) & Symbolism
Say it with narcissi: flowers to celebrate the Chinese New Year
Tulips, Turbans & Turks
The art of the meaningful flower gift
Les non-fleurs de Monsieur Monet
Book-a-Leafing: Renoir’s Garden
Plants & Metaphors
Reflections under the lotus leaf
Gardens & Gardening
Beyond the red rose: a walk in a rose garden
Plants & Desire(s)
Book-a-Leafing: The Orchid in Lore and Legend
How to think about plants
Humanising trees: how much is too much?
Floating Gardens of the Aztecs: myth & reality
Nature&Culture Pot-pourri stories
Book-a-leafing: Ladders to Heaven

If you like what you’ve read so far… it’s likely because you enjoy stories about people & plants. If so, look no further: I’ve a book about the cultural adventures of olibanum (frankincense, Boswellia spp): Of Perfumes & Gods: Tales of Olibanum; and a free list of plant-o-philic resources


OH. And I also have the pleasure of collaborating on The Planthunter, a wonderful website on the connections between plants&people.

And if you happen to speak Spanish, I’d encourage you to visit the Spanish index.

Because, yes, this was a project that was born in Spanish, with a book published in 2015 called La Invención del Reino Vegetal, and there’s a blog with quite a few Spanish articles in the language of Cervantes.