Category Archives: Garden

Moss.

5°C, sunny but something is changing These things are charming. I’m some books, mosses are categorised as primitive plants (non-vascular, and like the lichens, they don’t have roots). That means, as a group,  they’re actually very old. Their sophistication is … Continue reading

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While I was away…

20°C, fair summer’s day. The wasps have been busy. This bulging paper nest was not visible one short week ago.​

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Seeds’ half-life.

2~9°C, bright sun. Do seeds have a half-life? This window propagator was seeded with Magnolia from an old packet. The use-by date was 2012 and about half have germinated.

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January in bloom.

11°C, heavy rain and strong wind. Warm and wet. Strange, this winter. Storm after storm but mostly warm. Daffodils given as a house-plant last Christmas. They’ve done well outside.

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Unseasonable.

14°C, brisk SW and more rain to come. Warm! Too warm to wear a winter coat. The garden is confused too. This plant doesn’t seem to suffer from the morning coffee grounds, the pot doesn’t receive rainwater naturally.

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Charmed visitor.

Foggy morning, and warm sun later. This gave me a start this morning. It was there, on my sleeve as I started to pull my jersey on. I was immediately enchanted. What a wonderful thing to see, it made my … Continue reading

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Tight nest.

16°C, very windy. Dry after morning rain. Today, the foliage spiders are nesting in two tight bunches. In close-up there are fine threads of silk holding the soft feathery tips of the fennel they have as a nursery. I am … Continue reading

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Foliage spiders

12°C, brisk W. Sunny. Took a tour of the garden this evening. There is plenty going on, digitalis, laburnum and lupins in flower. One of the lupins is broken, so I staked the others. Recent wind will have caught them. … Continue reading

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200th mile.

11°C, light wind but dull grey. I rode Cyclocross Jake with MapMyRide+! Distance: 14.59mi, time: 01:22:24, pace: 5:39min/mi, speed: 10.62mi/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/996576491 Actually, it’s my 195th mile of the week, but so what? I have that empty feeling that comes after … Continue reading

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Leaf litter.

6°C, grey cloud, dry so far. Gardening is easy. Two winters ago, I collected bags of leaves from work. The caretaker collects them in the autumn and fills a skip. I then, bag up warm handfuls of slowly decaying leaf … Continue reading

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