Category Archives: Garden

Foxgloves

So pleasing to the eye. Every so often a bloom quivers and a bee reverses out.

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Slow afternoon in the garden

I spent some time in the garden this afternoon looking like a war correspondent, with binoculars and a zoom lens at the ready, to find out where the blackbird nest is. I didn’t find it – outwitted by the blackbirds. … Continue reading

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The squirrel’s revenge

Not for the first time, I have removed a horse chestnut seedling from a flower bed. It can only be part of a squirrel’s forgotten hoard: there are no conker trees within dropping distance. I am forever pulling up seedlings … Continue reading

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New neighbour

Perhaps I should have put up a sign saying “house sparrows only”? Or perhaps not.

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The garden today

Yesterday I saw a swallow for the first time this year, and there is a pair of mistle thrushes in the school field. Garden update: The nights are still cold – probably too cold for the nematodes that I watered … Continue reading

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The ornamental cherry tree

You’d think I’d be used to it by now . . . but no. Each year I am taken unawares by the beauty of the cherry blossom. One windy day and it will be gone, but in the meantime it … Continue reading

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The garden today

  It’s still cold unless the sun shines (which it doesn’t much at present), but I have already planted potatoes (Pentland Javelin, if I remember correctly), shallots, mangetout and salad. Bean and courgette seeds are under glass outside the kitchen … Continue reading

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