IRIDACEAE, the Iris family
Iris ‘Katherine Hodgkin’
Spring is really starting now. A little more warmth, a little more light. You can feel the quickening.
These lovely iris popped up, reassuringly on the same day they did last year.
A hawk has been hunting sparrows in the side yard.
Bulb snouts are poking through the soil.
The seeds I’ve been planting all winter in the greenhouse, cloches and beds are actually growing.
Persian parrotia is blooming all around the city.
I’ve been reading The Post Carbon Reader, which I am glad to do but it at times it is upsetting. There are essays by Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson and other people whose work I really admire. The discrepancy with what I read about the climate and economy, and going out in to the world makes me feel as if most of the world is, out of denial or ignorance or to preserve daily sanity, walking around with its fingers in its ears singing LA-LA-LA-LA.
Luckily I am also reading The Transition Handbook which offers so much in the way of positive mindset and action. When I was a kid I wondered why people didn’t all just live in villages. It seemed like it would be so much easier and more cozy. That’s how people in the past lived, right? I couldn’t articulate why it would be better, and the idea seemed utopian and unrealistic. But lately I’ve been thinking about it a lot. And about Permaculturist Tom Ward’s vision of urban life in the near future: being connected to the cycle of seasons in a place-specific food/water shed that is powered by a local commerce dependent on sustainable skills.
No one wants to go back to a medieval lifestyle, but there are elements of communal, land-based living that can help us now..