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#30DaysWild Day 10 – Watching Bumblebees

For Day 10 of 30 Days Wild I watched hundreds of bumblebees collecting pollen and nectar from catmint flowers (Nepeta faassenii ‘Six Hills Giant’). I made a little video on my phone which I hope gives an an idea of … Continue reading

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Day 5 #30DaysWild – Sparrowhawk and other creatures

There was a male sparrowhawk at the end of my garden this morning, and, after the kids had gone to school I watched for ages hoping it would return. So that was my 30 Days Wild for today – and … Continue reading

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Chelsea Flower Show Part 1

A little late, but here are my thoughts on this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. I’ve been going to Chelsea for the last 4 or 5 years. I have to admit to being more interested in plants than in design, and I am … Continue reading

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Rose Training

Over the Easter break I visited a garden that’s long been on my bucket list: Sissinghurst. It certainly lived up to expectations in many ways, but I particularly  loved seeing it at this time of year when much of the structure of the … Continue reading

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Crab Apples

The wild crab apple, Malus sylvestris, is fruiting at the moment, and cultivated varieties are now available to order from fruit nurseries. This is one I saw at RHS Wisley recently, Malus transitoria. Although they are members of the apple … Continue reading

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Autumn at RHS Wisley

I visited the RHS garden at Wisley at the weekend for the first time since the spring. I expected to come away with hundreds of photos of autumn leaves, but what really struck me was how beautiful the grasses and … Continue reading

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Japanese Bitter Orange

An interesting plant spotted at Greys Court National Trust garden last weekend: Poncirus trifoliata or Japanese bitter orange. An unusually hardy citrus, and apparently quite easy to grow. It doesn’t sound particularly tasty, either to humans or wildlife, but with … Continue reading

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