The Wild Flower Calendar

18 October 2013 // The Wild Flower Calendar

October: Field Scabious Illustration: Greg Stevenson Words: Mathew Clayton If you don’t know the name for a plant you don’t notice it, at least, that is the conclusion i reached after conducting my first ever plant survey a few weeks ago. I had read somewhere about Plantlife’s Wildflower Count, an annual study that tracks the […]

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The Wild Flower Calendar

9 August 2013 // The Wild Flower Calendar

July – Buddleia Illustration: Greg Stevenson Words: Mathew Clayton Some years ago, while working in a soulless job in Canary Wharf, I headed off one lunchtime to try and find the grave of the Reverend Adam Buddle, the 17th century botanist who lent his name to buddleia, also known as the butterfly bush. If you […]

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The Wild Flower Calendar

5 July 2013 // The Wild Flower Calendar

June – Elderflower Illustration: Greg Stevenson Words: Mathew Clayton When i was in my early twenties, and new to London, i lived in a shared house on Brixton Hill with a bunch of people i didn’t really know. One summer morning i was in the kitchen making breakfast, when Patrick, a tall gay skinhead who […]

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The Wild Flower Calendar

31 May 2013 // The Wild Flower Calendar

May – Bluebells Illustration: Greg Stevenson Words: Mathew Clayton Bluebells used to flower in the south east at the time of my mother’s birthday on May 5th but recently they have started appearing later in the month. My brother owns an acre or two of wood just outside Plumpton in Sussex and for the last […]

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The Wild Flower Calendar

26 April 2013 // The Wild Flower Calendar

April – Bacon and Eggs Illustration: Greg Stevenson Words: Mathew Clayton A few years ago i moved from London to Sussex, swopping a tiny patch of grass for a third of an acre of wild greenery. I was keen my children enjoy their new freedom and so, like many men before, i set about taming […]

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