I live in the Languedoc in southern France and every spring I’m amazed by the diversity of plant life that shoots up, and I’ve often wanted to identify and record it – so here’s my attempt to do just that. In my village I hear the English, French and Occitan words for the flowers, and I find the Latin names in the guides, and this makes me curious about how people have thought about and related to each plant, and I hope to explore this a bit in the blog.
It’s about forty years since I studied botany for my A levels, and for anyone who knows about plants I’m sure this shows – so feel free to correct any of my mistakes, especially in identification.
I’ve always thought that if I started a blog, it would be about jazz, but it seems to be plants that have got me started. Don’t be too surprised if there are random musical interruptions joined to the flora by very tenuous links!
My partner, Chaiselongue, has been writing a blog for much longer than I have. It’s called Olives and Artichokes, and talks about our garden and the food we like. You can find it here.