I planted this Crimson Glory Vine (Vitis Cognetiae in Latin, and the glorious sounding Yama-budo in Japanese) about five years ago with the intention of covering the wall of the manure heap, pictured here below the Prospect Tower. But the wretched thing hasn’t done as it was told and has instead spread backwards covering the bluebell bed. Vitis Cognetiae is supposed to be a climber and can sometimes get out of hand, smothering large trees. Why it’s decided to grow downwards instead of upwards, as it’s supposed to, I’ve no idea, but actually, at this time of year the effect is rather beautiful and it will have died back completely by the time the bluebells are ready to appear next spring.
The idea of Slow Life is to take the principles of Slow Food, which are “good, clean and fair”, and extend them to life in general.
Here in the Lake District, the air is clean, the pace is slow and the atmosphere is calm. If we don’t grow food ourselves, we can buy it in friendly small shops, where you know the quality is going to be the best.
This blog is a celebration of the Slow Life, with forays into the world of design, music, the arts, gardens, and my particular weakness, Japan.