Monthly Archives: October 2014

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 37 – Honeysuckle

Isn’t this fabulous? It isn’t, needless to say, growing in my garden, but on a path near Ben Ledi, and it wasn’t taken this year, but in 2009, but it’s what I aspire to! Honeysuckle can be a bit of a thug in a hedge, growing wildly and twining everywhere and choking the life out… Read More »

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 36 – Poppy

One poppy! But opium poppies seem to bloom like this – no matter how many plants you have, you mostly get one bloom at a  time, for months. There are, of course, many varieties of poppy – the red field poppy, which has long narrow seedpods, whose seeds don’t seem up to much, (though I… Read More »

Poetry Map of Scotland

The lovely people at StAnza have been running a project on their website to create a poetry map of Scotland, and many poets have contributed poems about named places. This week my poem, The Fall of Water, which is about the Little Fawn waterfall on the Duke’s Pass at Aberfoyle, is featured on the blog,… Read More »

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 35 – Alecost

It’s a bit ragged now, and has had an attack of mildew which doesn’t add to its battered charms, but this is my row of alecost. This herb has a lot of other names some of which might be more familiar – costmary, sage o’bedlam, our lady’s mint, goosetongue, and one which comes from America… Read More »

Double Bill – The Launch

Here is the running order for the event at the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, from 1-3pm on Saturday 4th October. As you can see, this cracking anthology covers the whole range of popular culture over the last sixty (at least) years, and has some of the best poets active at the present time – I… Read More »