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About smallPaws

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

Backpatch Blossom

Late May sees an explosion of growth, expansion, bloom. Dark blood red blooming peony along the railway path have shown themselves – a memory of Brenda and Jim. The pale yellow columbine have come into their own under the far … Continue reading

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A cold, slow spring…

It’s been a slow start. A very slow start. Cold and quite wet. Cold. And windy – or ‘blowy’ as the British weather forecasters are wont to say. (It’s been warmer in Ontario than London this April and May). We … Continue reading

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Spring is coming to London and we’re getting into the spirit of things again. It’s been a long dark winter during the covid pandemic. But the plots have survived the darkest months – the garlic beds sprout with growth, and … Continue reading

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Happy St Fiacre Day

The weather’s been pretty rotten lately – cold, windy, overcast with plenty of intermittent rain.  We were busy in the flat – the painting marathon continues.  But we should be done soon.  Here’s hoping Felicity Fiacre, our garden watch woman, … Continue reading

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celebrating sunflowers & stuff to do with willow boughs

Our sunflowers have finally come into bloom. Yippee! Despite the slugs and snails devastating many of my early sunflower seedlings, a few managed to brave it out and are finally in full bloom. We’ve got sunflowers sprinkled just about everywhere … Continue reading

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thinking ahead – special seasonal tipples

The end of summer approaches.  I’ll be back to work soon – which surely will be a shock to the system.  What?  No outdoor time for six hours a day?  Oh my!  It’s going to be something else this year, … Continue reading

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chilli update & outfoxing the foxes

After a week of heatwave conditions of over 30 degrees in London, the weather turned on Thursday 13 August with spectacular thunder, lightning and torrential rain. No doubt the Hungarian chilli plant enjoyed the sweltering conditions more than we did, … Continue reading

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shoe mystery solved

We’ve been cursing our neighbourhood lately.  Pandemic aside, our little leafy corner of north London is awash in rubbish.  Missed garbage collections on the circus makes for growing tides of swirling garbage.  Drives super-dude nuts – to the extent that … Continue reading

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feeling plummy

It’s plum harvesting season on the plots.  We don’t have a tree on our plot, but many others do. Earlier this summer we harvested greengage plums from the bottom plot we’ve been keeping an eye on for the nice couple … Continue reading

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high hopes for Echium

Earlier this summer.. or was it spring..?  Probably late May, the big dude did a wander through the plots to the end – looking for foxes and butterflies and what-not – and spied an end plot that had absolutely magnificent … Continue reading

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