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On this particular research trip to England (for In Ashes Lie), I had to be especially choosy about my pictures, because I’d forgotten to bring the cable that would let me offload them to my computer and my memory card was not that large. This is one of the keepers: the “cut flower” bed (i.e. the bed from which one would cut flowers and bring them inside) at Ham House, a lovely seventeenth-century manor. Ham House is the place I learned to understand the tulip mania of the period: while I’m accustomed to thinking of tulips as boring little cups, the cultivars there are gorgeous.