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|
|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.