Common Ground – July 2021

“Parnassus has its flowers of transient fragrance.” Dr Johnson The porch triffid, aka Nicotiana sylvestris, continues to confound visitors. Many people have asked me what on earth is that giant plant with drooping white flowers. If you have only seen the very dwarf forms that are sold as bedding plants,… Continue reading

Common Ground – October 2020

“O suns and skies and clouds of June, And flowers of June together, Ye cannot rival for one hour  October’s bright blue weather.”  -Helen Hunt Jackson – One of the signs of fall here in the valley is the first heavy frost that makes the morning glories no longer glorious…. Continue reading