Sanguinaria canadensis The unexpected short spell (it's going to rain tomorrow) of warm sunny days has brought forth the first shoots of Bloodroot (Sangunaria canadensis) which is always a delight to see shooting up at the back of the garden. We will be away for a while from tomorrow so won't see the full [...]

2018-04-24T11:32:15+00:00 Tuesday, April 24, 2018|

Iris, Crocuses and a Rabbit (video)

Iris reticulata Emphatically not a native flower -actually it is native to Russia, the Caucasus, and northern Iran, but cultivated widely in temperate regions. Earns its keep here as one of the first flowers to emerge when the snows leave. Very hard to photograph - in reality it is really a deep purple but auto [...]

2018-04-14T14:41:14+00:00 Wednesday, April 11, 2018|

Magnolia avancé

Trying to hasten the spring ... The squirrels did some late winter pruning and nipped off the tip off a branch on our front garden Magnolia tree ... carefully trimmed and posed in a vase on the kitchen window we hoped, but didn't really expect, that it would flower. It came indoors as a [...]

2018-04-07T18:03:50+00:00 Saturday, April 7, 2018|

April Showers

April Showers ... Not so much showers as a day of blatter mixed, early in the morning, with slushy snow. The garden soil has exceeded its carrying capacity for water and small lakes abound. Eventually the sun came out, but not enough to make these just arrived crocuses open their petals - which is [...]

2018-04-05T14:14:19+00:00 Wednesday, April 4, 2018|

Galanthophilia, crocuses, birds … and some other signs of spring

There have been "signs" of hopefully approaching spring for a couple of weeks but now as March ends there are genuine signs which nobody can ignore. For a start, there is considerable melting of the snow and free water in the garden pond, the sun has genuine warmth in it even if the air [...]

2018-04-01T07:26:28+00:00 Saturday, March 31, 2018|

First Snowdrop

This deserves a post all to itself ... In the the final days of February 2017 the first SNOWDROP appeared in the garden. This year, despite careful looking, we didn't see any signs of snowdrop growth until Monday 5 March but as soon as the partial thaw had reduced the snow under the Katsura [...]

2018-03-09T13:11:35+00:00 Monday, March 5, 2018|

2017 – A Year in the Wildlife Garden

A Good Year Thus we come to the end of another year of wildlife gardening in our small suburban "nature reserve". We have enjoyed telling you, week by week, what we have done and seen and enjoyed and we know from comments received that many readers of the journal have found something to interest [...]

2017-12-30T17:09:55+00:00 Saturday, December 30, 2017|

Lots of flowers still in bloom

Still warm and sunny this week (for the most part) - there is still at least one Cicada whining in the trees although its motor was clearly starting to run down. Remarkable the number of plants still in flower on this late date. nasturtiums, pansies, echinacea, centuria, heliotrope, rudbeckia, campanula, feverfew, catnip and a [...]

2017-10-28T17:43:51+00:00 Saturday, October 28, 2017|

A Welcome Change in Temperature

The week started with a continuation of the abnormal heat and dry conditions we have (not) enjoyed for the past three weeks - nevertheless we have started to see small flocks of Canada Geese overhead. Most of those will be moving around the locality in search of grass to graze on and won’t really [...]

2017-09-30T14:23:43+00:00 Saturday, September 30, 2017|

Cannicule !! – “Phew, worra scorcher”

An abnormally hot week and very dry … we really should not have to be watering trees and shrubs in the second half of September, but there you are, this is the new normal. The old joke bag in England was the stereotypical newspaper headline of "Phew, worra scorcher!!" and this certainly qualifies. The [...]

2017-09-23T10:18:41+00:00 Saturday, September 23, 2017|