Given the conditions of the city, it’s a considerable surprise that one of Britain’s rarest and most magnificent orchids has been found in London, says Mathew Frith. Also surprising is its goat-y fragrance.
Readjust your vision and reassess every mark you see, says Helen Babbs, as she gets intimate with London’s lichens.
Like a snake-headed crocus
Feelings for spring push through your darkened chest
Intense and sore
Cold has spelled the garden while we were sleeping
and has turned the soil to embers, witched the leaves
Picture the urban scene. The chimney with a plume of bush, not smoke. The stuttering guttering, become plant container. The rubble filled wasteland temporarily knotted with growth.