Orchid at Langridge barrows
June has arrived with warm sun and clear blue skies, and as the flower buds of the foxgloves open in the garden, it brings back memories of the wild orchids around the downs in Somerset. An earlier blog here from two years ago gives some information as to how they were seen in the medieval period.
Reading Geoffrey Grigson at the time, bought up the the rather beautiful Unicorn Tapestry housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in America. The individual framings of the story of the tapestry is highlighted by the stories of the animals as taken from the medieval 'Bestiary', and the story of the flowers that lie so thickly round the killing of the unicorn is all told in the little highlighted boxes.