Fertility and Frostkist; Historic Snowdrop Hunt, Vertigo and The Charge of The Light Brigade.


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Fiona often reminds me of the danger of using the word “never” when referring to natural events. No sooner had I written that I’d never seen bumblebees visit snowdrop flowers in our garden, than I spotted one determined to prove me … Continue reading

Easter Honey Bunny; Planting For Pollinators; Narcissus Names


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We feel fortunate to have been spared the heavy snow in the latest blast of this extended winter. But the freezing Easterlies are with us again, and after feeding and sympathising with the sheep and poultry on Monday, I thought … Continue reading

Courting, Cavorting Red Kites; Dawn to Dusk Sunshine and the Challenge of Maximising it; and Drilling and Placing the Willow.


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The last week has seen our first garden visitors of the year, happily visiting on days of glorious sunshine. But the most dramatic event was on a very sunny Sunday 10 days ago when we ate our lunch outside under … Continue reading

The Value of Bees; Peter’s Leeks and Daffodils; and Where Were You When the Slam was Won?


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How to begin this week? Moral capitalism? (Actually this post has been delayed by a bout of glyphosate induced illness, so the text might seem a bit out of date, but the issues with using this widely promoted herbicide will … Continue reading

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even; Bilingual Profanity; Untangling and Releasing the White Dragon; Fish and Chips and Frogs.


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It’s been one of those spells since the last blog, when the rain has held off, the days have lengthened, and the blog takes back seat to all the other tasks and events going on. One of the major outdoor jobs … Continue reading

Daffodils and Dumpy Bags


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There’s nothing like the prospect of visitors, combined with longer days and dry weather to kick off another garden project, just after we’d decided all our major works were completed. In this case, it was reassessing an area we’d worked … Continue reading

Spring arrives…for 3 hours


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The aim was to do a once weekly post – more than this, and I run the risk of being accused by Fiona of becoming obsessed with this new blog thing. More to the point, when can I snatch computer … Continue reading