I was putting together a new website to promote our advisory services and found some lovely close-up images of wildflowers to use. The beauty of our own everyday species amazes me every time I’m reminded of it. I’ve used photos of plantain, wild carrot, daisy and dandelion (as here), among others, and they all look wildly exotic. I sometimes wonder whether why we’ve lost the knack of appreciating the commonplace. I guess over time we’ve been seduced by the exotica peddled by the commercial world – and that’s not necessarily just a horticultural observation. Without wanting to sound pretentious, perhaps it’s also a symptom of a more godless world. I’m a dyed in the wool agnostic (if that’s not a contradiction in terms!) so perhaps I’m not qualified to know, but folk have lost their sense of wonder in the natural world. Not the astonishing David Attenborough gorgeous BBC natural world, but the stuff going on outside their back door. A hundred years ago it would have been appreciated as part of God’s creation, whereas now it’s just – well – there. Until it’s not, I suppose.