Downs Tools, Walks and West Wales Snowdrops; and Floral Symmetry.


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No disgust here, but delight at a fabulous clear blue sky on the morning of February 17th. Clearly time to down tools, and walk. The inevitable late-stage symptom of rural disease. Not entirely true either since I spent much of … Continue reading

Candles in the Wind – The delights of Snow Crocuses; and Spiral Conundrum Reprise.


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How do flowers open? And close? Almost in the twinkling of an eye, and in this chilliest season of the year. The rose can’t manage it, even in the warmest of summer days – the bud unfurls gradually on one … Continue reading

NGS Snowdrop Garden and Spring Bulbs 2014 – ‘Second Week’ at Gelli Uchaf


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What a difference a few days makes at this time of the year. Particularly if you get a little sunshine. As the second in a series of mainly image based posts to record the progress of the spring bulb emergence … Continue reading

A Winter’s Tale – Into the West and the Intricately Dead (Welsh) Snow Drop; Resupination; and Heating a Greenhouse with Compost (Part 10 Update).


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Follow me on a circuitous journey. A winter’s tale for this, thus far, mainly non-wintry season. Saturday January 11th dawned bright and crisp as a winter’s day should be. The sun rose, the forecast was for skies of winter blue.A … Continue reading

Shared Pleasures and Treasures, Startling Starlings and Busy Bees


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Over a week without rain, so the blogging takes back seat to the logging. A long winter has taken its toll of our wood stocks. But a huge amount has happened in the last 2 weeks. Can anyone tell me … Continue reading

The Heat Goes On (Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential and Heating a Greenhouse with a Compost Bed – Part 5); Unintended Consequences; Looking Back, and Forward.


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It’s now over 7 weeks since I set up ‘The Reactor’, an external compost bed designed to heat the ‘inner zone’ in our 14 X 8 foot cedar framed greenhouse. Thanks again to Fiona’s patience and wizardry with Excel, I’m … Continue reading