writer, publisher, lecturer, photographer
based in central southern England
Shakespeare mentioned many flowers in his plays, both wild flowers like cuckoo-flowers and primroses, and cultivated varieties like roses and lilies. I have used my photographs of these flowers in a presentation, matching the pictures with the Bard’s original words.
Shakespeare’s Fantastic Garlands
An unusual slide presentation
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine
When daisies pied and violets blue
And lady-smocks all silver-white
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty; violets dim,
pale primroses that die unmarried ...
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies,
and long purples
The crown imperial; lilies of all kinds,
The flower-de-luce being one!
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