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REMINDER: Event 23 May

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Woodland Plant Walk with Roy Vickery, Burgess Park, London Borough of Southwark, 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.  For further details see the Events page on this website.

Festivad de San Isidro, Madrid 2022

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Procession in honour of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of Madrid, on his feast day, Sunday 15 May 2022, the 400th anniversary of his canonisation.

Image © Carlos Bruzon.

REMINDER: Event 22 May

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Plant Walk led by Roy Vickery, Streatham Cemetery, London Borough of Wandsworth, Sunday 22 May 2022, starting at 12.30 p.m., and continuing for about an hour; for further details see the Events page on this website.

Easter gardens – 7

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Small Easter garden, rather past its prime, in St Mary’s Anglican church, Maldon, Essex, 13 May, 26 days after Easter, 2022.

Traveller’s grave decorations in Lewes

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Notes on the extravagant floral decorations placed on the graves of travellers can be found elsewhere on this website, most recently ‘Floral tribute for Dannie Buckley’, posted on 17 March 2022.

The photograph here, taken on 2 May 2022, shows the grave of Henry Harris (1935-2014) in Lewes Cemetery, East Sussex, decorated with real and artificial flowers, mainly chrysanthemums.  Other evidence for Henry’s traveller heritage can be found on his headstone, the two horses, and, on the back, a rather idealised depiction of a gypsy campfire.

Easter gardens – 6

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Easter garden inserted beneath the altar at St Michael’s church, Lewes, East Sussex, consisting of  ‘hard landscaping’ and three jars of flowers, hybrid bluebells, Hyacinthoides massartiana, when  photographed on 2 May 2022.

Garland Day, Lewes, 2022

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Garland Day in Lewes, East Sussex, took place on the May Day bank holiday, Monday 2 May, in 2022, a rather grey and cool day.

Shortly before 10 a.m. people started gathering in Lewes Castle’s Gun Garden, and while the children assembled with their garlands, spectators were entertained by displays of morris dancing by three sides:  the Knots of May, a women’s side which revived Garland Day in 1980, Long Man Morris, and a girls’ side.  Dances from a variety of morris traditions were performed, including one dance which was said to have originated in Australia.

In the meantime the town’s mayor and the chair(wo)man of district council judged the garlands, selecting those which were thought to be best.

Shortly before 11 the dancing stopped, and at 11 the dancers, led by the Knots of May, their musicians, and children carrying their garlands, processed down the town’s main street to the Cliffe Precinct, where prizes were awarded to the carriers  – one to the winner and another to the runner-up for the best individual garland category, and one to the winner of the best group garland category.

Plant-lore Archive – April 2022

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22 items of information were received from 21 contributors during April, bringing the totals to 9,014  from 3074. Thank you everyone.  Thanks also to Carlos Bruzon for information on Palm Sunday in Madrid, and Jane Lawson and J.B. Smith for stimulating correspondence.  18 posts were added to the website’s blog.

Various Palm Sunday and other events were attended in London, and one walk was led for the Friends of Brompton Cemetery.

Image:  Weybridge Allotment Holders’ and Gardeners’ Association poster, Surrey, April 2022.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service, London, 2022

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London’s  Annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service was held at Hyde Park Corner on Monday 25 April 2022, starting at 5 a.m.  This year the event focused on, and started at, the New Zealand memorial, later wreaths were also laid at the Australian one.

Although security seemed much more severe than when the event was last visited in 2019, the Service attracted a large number of, mostly young, people.  Many people wore poppies; it was said that 2022 marked the centenary of the first use of red poppies on the Day.

Images: left, New Zealand memorial; right, Austalian memorial.

Few red roses

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As usual in London, few people were seen wearing red roses on St George’s Day, 23 April 2022.  A few people laying wreaths at the Cenotaph during the Royal Society of St George’s Annual Cadet Parade wore real or artificial roses, and later in the day a few Pearly Kings and Princes wore artificial roses at the celebration in Trafalgar Square.

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