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About smallPaws

A tumbleweed from Canada who's been living in London for twenty or so years.

Booming Blooms to mark the end of July

We see the final days of July roll by, marked by booming huge blooms all around. The pink asiatic lily this year has hit new heights – maybe 8 feet tall or more. The scent can be physically felt as … Continue reading

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Swanky Fox Set-Up

Our young foxes are wanting for nothing next door. They have a sofa to lounge on. A shed to sit up high upon. Pink flowering roses and hydrangea. A perfect little set-up!

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Sunday Mid-July Update

The flowers reach new peaks of splendour. Sky high blood red hollyhock reign supreme in the back patch meadow. In the past week I’ve worked hard – dripping sweat hard – to dig out some of the errant grass in … Continue reading

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Fox Watch

We’ve been enjoying watching the antics of the young fox family living in our neighbourhood. They love the back flower garden, which is gated and locked and thus kept safely a dog-free zone. Oh the vulpine bliss! This year the … Continue reading

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The Pepper Patch

Despite a poor year more or less with soft fruit because of all the rain this summer (such a change from previous summers in London which suffered with drought and high heat!), we have high hopes for the pepper patch … Continue reading

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Early July Blossom

July has been much the same as June – mainly wet and fairly cool for summertime. The plants need heat!! Our strawberries were soaked out, the raspberries grew well but were blown to ground by high winds and very heavy … Continue reading

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Flower Power

The flowers at the allotment continue to amaze. When we arrive the first vision is that of a field of poppies, growing in a neighbour’s lower allotment plot. We were treated to flowers appearing on the Christmas cactus that we … Continue reading

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The Woods

The local Community Woods group kept up our work parties through most of the worst of all this pandemic malarkey. After all, it’s all outdoors. And we keep well apart one from the other. So except for the first six … Continue reading

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June’s been hot & cold

June 2021 has been hot but mostly cold. Growth seems about a month behind. So last year’s May strawberries were a feast of the month of June in 2021. Despite not bothering with putting up bird netting we had a … Continue reading

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Cold slow spring at the allotment

It’s been a cold slow spring. Windy. Wet. Fairly yucky all told. The plot grows on, but in a slow steady kind of way. This time last year we were gorging on strawberries. This year they’re forming more slowly and … Continue reading

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