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  • How do you do?
    I'm Jamie; an incurably-curious, hopelessly-idealistic, vegetarian, polyglot-ish plant scientist at Cambridge. I spend too much time listening to music, wandering around the countryside, and eating apples.


    penchants: forest walks, benjamin britten, mediaeval history & literature, eastern philosophy, obscure tea blends, copperplate, twilight by the sea, quantum mechanics, thunderstorms, fruit trees, early music, dragonflies, postcards, underground railways, gardening, vapour trails, tiny art galleries, volcanic islands, moths, Virginia Woolf, gin cocktails, travel journals, mountain air, handwriting, continental cinema, bow ties, Lebanese food, historical linguistics, archery, all things Icelandic, & bitter-sweet lemonade.
    Thank you for stopping by; do say hello.

    Perfect prelude for Mishima & bed.

    (Source: Spotify)

    Sowing oats in Langdale, Westmorland.
Photo: Museum of English Rural Life.

    Sowing oats in Langdale, Westmorland.

    Photo: Museum of English Rural Life.

    The Heath Lobelia, Lobelia urens. This delicate Lusitanian species is now restricted to only a handful of sites in the UK, and is the focus of major ongoing conservation efforts. I’d love to go and visit one of the populations next year.

    Photos: Andrew Taylor and Guillaume Doucet.

    Some of the 85 different corbels on Kilpeck Church, Herefordshire- one of the finest examples of Norman art and architecture in England.
Photo: Nick Coates.

    Some of the 85 different corbels on Kilpeck Church, Herefordshire- one of the finest examples of Norman art and architecture in England.

    Photo: Nick Coates.

    I went to a meeting about Golden Gate Modular Cloning (MoClo) this lunchtime, and as usual I struggled to suppress giggles every time someone mentioned sticky ends.

    A few days ago I met Dr Olwen Grace from RGB Kew. Her research is in an area of great interest to me: the convergent evolution of succulence. So far she has been focussing on resolving systematic controversies pertaining to messy asphodeloid genera in southern Africa, but she now plans to incorporate a good amount of physiology into her work, possibly including some large-scale work in the Karoo. I’ll have to keep in touch in case I can tag along one day!

    A few days ago I met Dr Olwen Grace from RGB Kew. Her research is in an area of great interest to me: the convergent evolution of succulence. So far she has been focussing on resolving systematic controversies pertaining to messy asphodeloid genera in southern Africa, but she now plans to incorporate a good amount of physiology into her work, possibly including some large-scale work in the Karoo. I’ll have to keep in touch in case I can tag along one day!

    Making my way through The Botany of Iceland (1914), edited by Lauritz Kolderup Rosenvinge and Eugenius Warming.

    Making my way through The Botany of Iceland (1914), edited by Lauritz Kolderup Rosenvinge and Eugenius Warming.

    Anonymous said: I'm thinking about going into horticulture and I love your blog! I've been reading about different job opportunities and I'm very curious about what you do like on a daily basis and what company are you working for?

    I don’t actually work in horticulture- I’m doing a PhD in plant physiology. :)

    The wedding we attended yesterday was held in the 14th-century church of St Andrew at Sutton-in-the-Isle, which sits on a little hill overlooking the locally-famous Grunty Fen. It has one of the airiest naves of any Fenland church, and an array of fantastical corbels and dripstops. The grandeur of the place derives from the patronage it received from nearby Ely.

    The wedding we attended yesterday was held in the 14th-century church of St Andrew at Sutton-in-the-Isle, which sits on a little hill overlooking the locally-famous Grunty Fen. It has one of the airiest naves of any Fenland church, and an array of fantastical corbels and dripstops. The grandeur of the place derives from the patronage it received from nearby Ely.

    Just came across this photo from my trip to the Alps in June. Wish I could go back right now.

    Just came across this photo from my trip to the Alps in June. Wish I could go back right now.