Category Archives: Nature

Old time is still a-flying

I’ve just returned from a cross country car journey. The countryside is looking gorgeous. Every verge and field-boundary is frothed with cow parsley. Every roundabout decorated by ox-eye-daisies and buttercups. Bright flashes of mustard-yellow charlock and campion in neon-pink light … Continue reading

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A Bit Too Friendly?

We are constantly urged to make our gardens “wildlife friendly”. I’ve come to the conclusion that mine is too friendly by half! I’m happy to be friends with the birds, bees and butterflies (though maybe not the Cabbage Whites) but, … Continue reading

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Gardening is Good for You

On a bleak January day, when it’s too wet to get outside, my thoughts have turned to the benefits of gardening.   I chanced upon the website of Country Living Magasine, where they are advocating that “gardening should be available … Continue reading

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A Big Buzz and a Little Buzz

Our garden was certainly buzzing this Sunday.  It was our last NGS opening for the year, the sun shone, and 124 visitors were enjoying the tea-and-cake and asking about the identity of plants. But my friend, Lyn, became interested in … Continue reading

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Bye-Bye Bunny

One of the delights of a country garden is the wildlife, but it’s also one of the snags. Along with the birds and the butterflies, we have LOTS of rabbits, as well as moles, squirrels, field mice and the occasional … Continue reading

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A Mystery – Solved

Something odd has been happening to our lawn.  I could see from the kitchen window that some annoying creature had been up to mischief. The damage looked vaguely linear,  so my first thought was a mole.  I tolerate moles in … Continue reading

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A Few Japanese Plants

The Japanese gardens I visited were all about design.  The plants are secondary to the composition – I found the same plants repeated in nearly every garden – so there was little stimulation for my plant-collecting passion. In Tokyo and … Continue reading

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