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House Wrens and other Photographs (with video)

House Wren Troglodytes aegon - the commoner of the two Wrens around here. We also have Troglodytes troglodytes, the Winter Wren, which is the same species as the European Wren called simply "Wren" over there. rather less commonly seen and this isn't it. [...]

2019-06-29T17:13:02-04:00Sunday, June 30, 2019|

“Weeds” in the Lawn

Desirable Weeds Continuing the experiment of seeing what comes up if the lawn is not mown ... this week we have Buttercups and we have Clover. Actually we have two species of Clover ... this is a tall clover (Trifolium hybridum* - the Alsike Clover) but we also have low [...]

2019-06-22T21:53:01-04:00Sunday, June 23, 2019|

June – with berries in the forecast

Text here Guelder Rose Two varieties of Viburnum are in flower at the moment, the one to the front is Viburnum. opulus var. opulus (European Guelder Rose), the taller one behind, is a North American native - Viburnum. opulus var. americanum aka V. trilobium (High-bush Cranberry). Gorgeous complex flowers followed later by bunches [...]

2019-06-16T14:33:32-04:00Sunday, June 16, 2019|

The Garden in June

Living with Wildlife Not infrequently after looking at a plant or bird picture that we have shared here or on Facebook people ask if they can see our "wildlife" garden ... not everyone lives close enough to book one of our guided tours so this is what (part of) it looks like on [...]

2019-06-16T11:32:57-04:00Sunday, June 16, 2019|

Garden Stars

It rained After a lengthy period of morning rain this flower stood out from the forget-me-not blue drifts surrounding it. Made the rain worthwhile. Sunshiny Sunday The last of this year's tulips going out on a high note in the morning sunshine. [...]

2019-06-09T10:20:20-04:00Sunday, June 9, 2019|

Blossom

Text here Amelanchier canadensis A delayed spring that is cooler and wetter than normal is producing spectacular tree blossom everywhere. Text here Magnolia sp. We planted this tree twenty years ago in the "hope" that is would establish itself. As you can see, it had [...]

2019-05-19T10:42:53-04:00Sunday, May 19, 2019|

Flowers in the Garden – 16 May

Finally, things are growing Back from a couple off weeks in England we returned this week to find the garden had suddenly started to "move" despite the weather having been cooler than normal for the time of year. Thursday 16 was sunny though and a bit warmer so a wander around the garden [...]

2019-05-16T15:58:21-04:00Sunday, May 19, 2019|

Ephemeral Flower Walk

In Search of Spring Flowers in the Arboretum It's the time of year when the trees are in blossom and forest ephemerals are flowering and making the most of the available light before the tree leaves cast the forest floor into shade. Mid-week the Arboretum suggested a walking route that would take visitors [...]

2019-06-04T10:37:57-04:00Saturday, May 18, 2019|

Spring begins with Bloodroot and Birds

Sanguinaria and sparrows ... After the snowdrops managed to appear as the snow and ice reluctantly faded away we saw the appearance of the first crocuses in the garden round about the 15th of the month. Their appearance coincided with the sighting of a pair of Sapsuckers in the cedar tree by the [...]

2019-04-28T08:49:39-04:00Sunday, April 28, 2019|

House Hunting (and other pictures)

Song Sparrow There are a couple of pairs of Song Sparrows in the garden at the moment starting the process of looking for a nesting site and generally settling in. After Christmas we had put the ex-Xmas tree out on the deck near to the heated waterbath in order to provide shelter [...]

2019-04-20T17:41:34-04:00Sunday, April 14, 2019|
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