Visiting Logan Botanic Garden in the Rhinns of Galloway was a cheap ticket back to New South Wales. A stunning collection of eucalypts. If I could catch the smell for you in these pictures, I would…dusky, soothing, clean. A beautiful garden, maverick and refreshing. While I was there I also caught a glimpse of Tasmania and New Zealand, Chile and South Africa. I didn’t want to leave.
Now your flowers are all gone,
your flowers of light have come –
what’s left when this and that
you don’t need’s blown away
Call dark red/light green
your architecture of opposites –
spinal pagoda, whiskery sixes –
more than the eye can see
Haloed in fine hairs, like human
skin, you ask to be touched –
only let yourself be stroked
Summer’s blood drained from
your cups, you’re drying, huskish –
empty pockets of veined paper,
your language without words
Installed in the beautiful setting of the Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat Centre at Cove Park, overlooking Loch Long, to work undistracted by anything but the scenery.
Lots of wild flowers growing on the hillside – one new to me – Red Bartsia.
And a striking purple Wild Angelica.