Category Archives: Garden

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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Brown-field site.

12°C, dry with white cloud and weak easterly. I love this time of year. My fascination for the inner city wasteland is greatest now until June. Here is the first shoots of artimesia absinthium, (or is it vulgaris). This plant … Continue reading

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Cherry.

7C, hail showers, sun too. Started cutting the cherry tree. It’s sad to do this to a beautiful tree but it’s growing into telephone wires and I don’t want to be liable. Since its quite a big job, I have … Continue reading

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Best days.

7°C, icy start and sun for the few daylight hours. I am at my best on days like this. The sun and crisp air lift away the winter gloom. For hours, I chopped wood, clipped plants, fitted draught excluders, fixed … Continue reading

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