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1408, 2020

Fungal Bonanza

Friday, August 14, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, arboretum, fungi|Tags: , |2 Comments

That time of year again A couple of days ago we took our exercise in the arboretum (again) and found the trail we were exploring to be leading us past one after another after another "mushroom" which were popping up and spore shedding everywhere we looked. There will be more in the coming weeks, but this day gained [...]

808, 2020

Afternoon Snack

Saturday, August 8, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, Insects|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Common Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) About this time of year we start to enjoy the big webs and bright yellow bodies of the Yellow Garden Spider. Today we found one busily wrapping up a snack she had caught in her web ... hard to tell, but just possibly a Japanese Beetle. Hope so. The fresh meal [...]

408, 2020

Embed – Imbed – (In Bed?)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous, Pondering|Tags: , |0 Comments

Being susceptible one morning this week to a little pedantry I happened across the word IMbed in a leaflet from Birkenstock about the tiny-bubble infested poly-substance they make they wonderful gardening clogs from. IMbed, the little man at the back of my brain squealed!! Philistines, the word is Embed. Harrumph. Well it was raining outside so I [...]

1907, 2020

Mr Macgregor’s Vegetable Garden

Sunday, July 19, 2020|Categories: Garden, Gardening, vegetables|Tags: , , |10 Comments

We are now a couple of months into our learning experience with high density successive vegetable growing. Quite a success so far and perhaps this is a good time to publish an update for those who have been asking questions. In May we started with the installation of three raised vegetable beds - the wood is 2in [...]

1207, 2020

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Sunday, July 12, 2020|Categories: Garden, Insects|Tags: , |1 Comment

Following a long and very heavy spell of high heat days with health warnings to stay indoors etc there was rain today and afterwards this wonderful moth was working the flowers on the milkweed plants. About the size of a thumb and an absolute gem of an insect - we have seen them before but not managed [...]

1207, 2020

Communication – Missing the Postman

Sunday, July 12, 2020|Categories: commentary|Tags: |0 Comments

I happened, thanks to the internet, upon this article from the London Review of Books that I felt was worth sharing with my friends, many of whom will understand. I am a huge user and fan of all that the internet has brought us, I don't yearn to go back to blotchy pens and stamps on envelopes, but [...]

1207, 2020

Sunny Day with Birds and Deer (*Video)

Sunday, July 12, 2020|Categories: arboretum, birds, flowers, Insects, Landscape, mammals|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Not that we have any urge to escape from the garden - this lockdown business is not causing any mental disturbance at all - but occasionally we like to check up on what the wild world is up to and so we take ourselves five minutes down the road to walk the trails in the arboretum. Today temperatures [...]

2806, 2020

Let it Grow

Sunday, June 28, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Mid-summer Progress Report We are now in our second full year of letting what was once a scrappy lawn have the freedom to just grow while we wait to see what's there and what has arrived. Mid June is a good half-way stage in the process of creating a "mead" and to pause and record what is happening. [...]

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