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About smallPaws

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

stargazing day & night

The stargazer asiatic lily has finally come into bloom in the back patch.  All through April and May I monitored for the dreaded red lily beetle – which did manage (again!!!) to completely strip a few of the garden lilies … Continue reading

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beautiful, beguiling butterflies

At the plot we’re waiting for things to grow…   It’s all looking lush and bountiful.  Alas there have been disappointments and failures too.  Due to the cool conditions this summer, things are taking a little time to get going. … Continue reading

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plot developments elsewhere…

Our work at M’s plot has really paid off – she’s back at it, so as the big guy says, ‘Mission accomplished.’  She came up with us after working with the woods volunteers, and returned on her own to go … Continue reading

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other July fliers..

It’s not all just about butterflies.  Another interesting event we witnessed up at the plot was evidence of ‘Flying Ant Day.’  There were at least two nests we witnessed erupting into activity as a new queen ant took to the … Continue reading

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butterfly bonanza

The Big Butterfly Count started on Friday.  Organisers say it’s the world’s largest butterfly survey. This is another fantastic citizen science project, and taking part is easy: find a sunny spot and spend 15 minutes counting the butterflies you see … Continue reading

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foxy update

The allotment foxes look to be in good health this summer. This guy appears youthful and was just chilling up on F’s plot last week by her spectacular Mullein plants. He’s not our bare-tailed chap, who we’ve not seen about … Continue reading

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new neighbours at the plot

One evening as we were leaving we could hear rustling and snuffling down the path to the edge of the top of the stairs.  We thought it might be a fox…  Or rat?  So we tip toed closer to the … Continue reading

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and so it goes..

We’ve been down the rabbit hole for the past few weeks.  There has been lots of summer rain – sometimes light showers, sometimes sustained, pounding downpours. And so on the enforced wet days when we couldn’t garden anyway, we got … Continue reading

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birds & berries

Tuesdays are busy days for us: we start with the volunteer woods group on Lismore Circus and do our usual trim and tidy. Happily we’ve recruited one more volunteer who came today – which was great as one of our … Continue reading

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biodiversity, bugs and a note on natives

Rah rah rah biodiversity.  But let’s be clear.  Biodiversity is bugs.  Some bugs we love – bees, butterflies.  Some less so – wasps, stinkbugs, lily beetles.  But when you’re making conditions fabulous for the bugs you love, you’re inviting in … Continue reading

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