Some blooming bits and other botanical bits currently on display
The fields around us look like this
a grass mono-culture.
Ours looks like this
an ever changing mix of species with new ones arriving all the time
(There is a rather out of date list of species here)
We scythe off the vetetation after each flowering season to reduce the soil fertility.
Another major agent is this
Yellow Rattle – Rhinanthus minor
Because it gains some of its nutrients from the roots of neighbouring plants it helps to weaken the grass to allow space for a greater diversity of plants.
Our Rattle has been spreading well over the last couple of years, partly by its own efforts and also due to us collecting seed and spreading it further.
Here is a patch with a low density of Rattle
and here is one where it is more dominant
Long Live the Rattle
After 1,597 days living on this little plot, a moment’s refection on ways it has changed during that time:
As people who have lived in the West during a time that made us “privileged and lucky human beings” – more so than any generation in the past… or in the future, and then burdened by Barack Obama’s assertion:
while knowing that those efforts to “do something about it” are ultimately doomed does pose the question of how to live in modern times.
“Then what is the answer? Not to be deluded by dreams.
To know that great civilisations have broken down into violence,
and their tyrants come, many times before.
When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose
the least ugly faction; these evils are essential.
To keep one’s own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted
and not wish for evil; and not be duped
By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will
not be fulfilled.
To know this, and know that however ugly the parts appear
the whole remains beautiful.”
And so our answer takes the form of a small patch of the Earth and all that lives there. To nurture it while letting it nurture us.