15 September 2009

lavender and the elephant

The first day back in the office after my holiday did not get off to a good start with grey, grey skies and rain, rain, rain. Who would have thought the park could change so much in just a week. The sound of the wind in the trees is different , with the leaves starting to dry off, and the rain lashes against the windows. Inside, the cosiest office I have experienced for a long time - four of us, a blast of heat under V's desk and some low lighting.

I arrived home, only moderately damp, with just enough time to cook up some of the harvest - onion, leaf chard and brown rice stir fried with the juice of a lemon, lots of black pepper and a few slices of goat cheese - before dashing off to the EEWI meeting. A pile of finished Morsbags, cake and wine. And the Guerrilla Gardener, Richard Reynolds, in person, with tales of imagination, action and transformation on orphaned land. Hollyhock filled tree pits in Zurich. Sunflowers in south London. And the lavender field of the Elephant and Castle. So when Mr R put out some lavender bags to sell - at London prices, let's say, and leave it at that - I just had to have one, knowing that the proceeds would fund more seeds, more plants for another barren spot.

It may have been the wine or the balminess of the after-rain damp streets as I walked home. Or it may just be the scent of south London lavender that is filling my bedroom as I write this. But tonight I am in love with London and wouldn't swap it for Provence for any price.


kristina said...

Now even more envious of your WI! Saw a really interesting interview with Richard Reynolds on the iplayer a little bit ago. Also have pictures of his own garden in my Japanese book on London gardens! K x

60 Going On 16 said...

Love the idea of lavender at the Elephant. Richard Reynolds and guerilla gardening? Brilliant. I'd gladly join my local WI if it were as lively and enterprising as yours.

Liz said...

I like that, transformation on orphaned land. I noticed on the drive home from work recently that someone had planted an apple tree amongst a mass of weeds and debris in the verge next to a busy interchange in the centre of town. I wonder if that's just the start?

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hello Colleen! Thank you for your lovely comment over on my Yellow Blog. I have visited you here a few times, but not sure if I've commented before. I love the idea of planting in apparently desolate places. We live in a modern cul de sac and ours is one of only 2 gardens out of 20 which have plants in them! Most other houses have "planted" gravel or even concrete slabs! But the neighbours always say how much they enjoy seeing the different flowers in our garden...
I fully understand your trepidation about your new venture - I have only recently allowed myself to stop being 'busy' and just to Be... stepping off the work ethic merry go round is certainly not easy.
I'd love to read more about how you get on.
Happy days
Denise x

Lara said...

I love the sound of your WI talk, I've wanted to read Richard Reynolds book for ages. I'm intrigued to know whether they are the sunflower planters and must find the lavender hedge in elephant and castle this week!