Not many days ago J and I were meeting some new friends and taking them up into the mountains in the hopes that we’d find that nature had been punctilious and there would be the astounding sight of three different species of tulip in bloom at the same time.
Being awfully English we were ready to roll much too early and so decided to stop off at various village cemeteries along the way to the rendezvous. Graveyards are fascinating places if you are not a spiritualist on their day off! They are seldom disturbed and flora and fauna flourish in the nutrient-rich environment – I love them and look forward to making my own ‘drop-in-the-bucket’ to Mother Nature in due course.
Here are some examples of the contributions people have made without even thinking about it – sort of bio-degradable legacy, if you will.
Lupinus micranthus – Hairy Lupin
Salsify – Tragapogon hybridum
Serapias orientalis – species of Tongue Orchid
Serapias politisii – species of Tongue Orchid
and a most unusual double headed/tongued specimen
Iris pseudacorus – endemic
and its environment
Tulipa armena ssp lycica – Armenian Tulip
Fritillaria sibthorpiana – endemic
Finally, a ‘holy grave’ connection:
Orchis sancta – Holy Orchid
Phlomis fruticosa – Jerusalem Sage
I was tempted to call this post ‘Holy Ground’ instead of ‘A Grave Matter’ or something similar. The idea being to plug in to the popularity of the drinking song of that name by the Dubliners and get a boost to the number of views from ‘Googlers’. I’m sure it would have been an effective but really cheap trick and I’m glad I didn’t do it in the end. So, to cheer me up for being so honest, I’ve included a clip of the lads giving it one to help the ‘Liffy Water’ go down!
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü