hazel flower

Today I managed to take a photograph of one of the tiny hazel flowers that was referred to in my post yesterday. "`From those little red bits, the nuts come; if they receive pollen from the long danglers.’ `Little red flames, little red flames,’ murmured Hermione to herself. And she remained for some moments looking … Continue reading hazel flower

catkins and women in love

I'm not sure if this is just a particularly good year for catkins, or if I've simply never noticed them properly before, but they are everywhere at the moment. I always think of catkins as belonging to hazel trees, but apparently they are also found on hornbeam, birch, willow, sweet chestnut and poplar, amongst others. … Continue reading catkins and women in love

monday verse: gloire de dijon

When she rises in the morning I linger to watch her; She spreads the bath-cloth underneath the window And the sunbeams catch her Glistening white on the shoulders, While down her sides the mellow Golden shadow glows as She stoops to the sponge, and her swung breasts Sway like full-blown yellow Gloire de Dijon roses. … Continue reading monday verse: gloire de dijon