Iris

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This is this year’s obligatory wet iris shot. Though I don’t rule out the possibility of posting another voluntary one, should we get other days so dark and wet that all the bugs are snug at home with their ‘jamas … Continued

Chequered

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Today’s re-run of Groundhog Day was marked by the arrival of the small batch of emergency pond plants I ordered last week from Sweet Knowle Aquatics, who seem to have got their…. act…. together rather better than some of the … Continued

Better late than….

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Given that Easter is a moveable feast, I’m not going to quibble about the fact that the Easter cactus has only just come into flower. Particularly as the plant is now 28 years old – it arrived in a mixed … Continued

Bluebell bee

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I’ve been keeping a vague eye on this plant since it appeared in the front border last week, under its own steam – given how difficult I find it to get things to establish in this soil, I’m always interested … Continued

Damsel

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If you build it, they will come. So there I was at lunch time today, sitting on an exercise mat down in the wild garden, trying for photos of the blue mason bees, when a small fluttering movement pulled my … Continued

Eupeodes on euphorbia

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Another day, another hoverfly. I hoped to bring you the first Rhingia campestris of the season, which I stalked for a good half hour this morning with both cameras, but she was feeding with great concentration deep inside the pulmonaria, … Continued

Green alkanet

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I don’t know much about plants, other than that most of the ones I’d like to grow in my garden hate the soil – or possibly my casual attitude – and gloomily fail to thrive. But I’m trying to learn, … Continued

Precarious

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It’s not at all easy for a very large bumblebee to feed from the very small blossom of a blackcurrant bush, and this Bombus terrestris queen had a fairly torrid time trying. Nevertheless she persisted, and from time to time … Continued

Frothy

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And so another day of not very much at all has drifted past. I got myself in a bit of a tizz this morning when I discovered that my second batch of pond plants is nowhere even close to being … Continued

Waspish

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I did a lot of gardening yesterday (eeeurgh), and this morning I was feeling tired and a bit waspish, so I decided to give myself a break and just let the day flow, rather than trying to achieve anything. As … Continued