Climbing the walls

I’ve been caught up in the labyrinth of teaching for the last couple of months, while the deadline for The Unwritten looms frantically closer, so finding the time for writing anything ‘creative’ has eluded me.

Happily, I found the little seed of inspiration I needed in a recent study about growing ‘green walls’ on city streets. Green walls are one of the best applications of the 20th century sustainability cult. Of course, like most trending ‘green’ things, green walls have been around for ages – Nature invented climbing plants, after all, but the first man-made creations could have been in the legendary hanging gardens of Babylon. ‘Green walls’ have grown happily for centuries, in various forms, without the aid of a gratuitous label, or the endorsement of a strategic advisory panel. Any English manor house worth its salt (or any of its Continental counterparts, for that matter) had at least one wall crawling with ivy, or another equally thigmotropic plant, on its property. Continue reading