The Canny Gardener

how to grow, cook and use plants, plus some philosophy!

Ginkgo walks in nature

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I have been going for walks as soon as the sun comes out- these days as it has been rare but it has given me a new appreciation for nature, and even decay.  Japanese poets traditionally used haiku to capture and distill a fleeting natural images such as rain falling  or a flower bending in the wind. Many people go for walks just to find new inspiration for their poetry, known in Japan as ‘ginkgo walks’. This weeks poem was inspired by David Bowie who left the earthly abode last week.


Fallen leaves, fallen heroes

Float away or stay still, very still

Forever in my heart.

Author: Sumita

Sumita is an architect and artist, enthusiastic about living sustainably. She is passionate in her belief that everything should have more than one use. Sumita founded an environmental design charity, Charushila, which has created kitchen garden projects around the world

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