Monthly Archives: April 2020

seeds a sprouting, birds a chirping…

Happy days indeed – despite the quiet covid apocalypse most of us are living through as if through a dream…   The Easter weekend was a scorcher and the days felt more like June than early April, with temperatures in … Continue reading

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awesome artichoke!

Artichoke are awesome! But boy are they huge! If you have the space and want to plant some globe artichoke of your own, try to remember that the tiny little slip you purchase at the garden centre will grow to … Continue reading

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gooseberry palace – completed

Yesterday we did a shorter session at the allotment.  The great Malink measured the communal water line, topped up our water reserves and a then helped me install the gooseberry into its new palace. The gooseberry palace, now with two … Continue reading

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getting buzzy ’bout bees too

We’ve been getting pretty buzzy ’bout bees too!  The super-dude picked up a postcard that identifies the ‘Bees of Kew’.  Using this (and the internet) we tried to identify some of the various bees we’ve been spotting up at the … Continue reading

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the sex lives of butterflies.. continued

So I kept at it.  Curious.  In other days I might have skipped over the passing query and simply let it drop into that pile of things you wonder about but never quite check up on.  But these strange coronavirus … Continue reading

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the sex lives of butterflies…

All the information about butterflies is full of marvels – the many stages of being an egg to chrysalis.. larvae and pupae… to finally emerge as a butterfly.  Wow!  Really astonishing set of physical transformations.  But the info pages all … Continue reading

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Orange Tip Butterfly

We spotted this little beauty this morning – hanging around H’s plot near the damask, supping on the nectar in vinca flowers. White wings with yellow tips – darker at the ends and points marked with lighter dots.  Blackish grey … Continue reading

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PS: it’s ‘Pink Moon’ night tonight

Tonight we head into the first full moon in April.  Some Native North American peoples called this full moon the “Pink Moon’ – not because the moon appears pink, but because the moon at this time of year illuminates the … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s toil

Just look at this beautiful bumble bee, gorging gloriously on the white blooming borage.  Awesome!  Love borage!  Love bees!  Over-the-moon swoony for bees, borage, blossoms! We went up nice and early.  Packed a picnic so we could sustain ourselves for … Continue reading

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the difference of a day

Last summer we planted a Jersey Blueberry – purchased near Ness Gardens up North – to mark our visit to the Mister’s relations on the Wirral. We only bought one blueberry bush, but it’s self-fertile.  It’s doing very well, and is … Continue reading

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