Incoming

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Another day in the garden saw a border that has never been cleared in the two decades we’ve lived here finally get tidied, edged, and mulched. In the process of which I broke an edging iron on the rock-hard ground … Continued

Pear blossom

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During what turned out to be a busy and productive day, I spent several hours in the garden and managed to weed and tidy the whole of the large rose bed. Once I’d finished I put the sprinkler on it … Continued

Crabby

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By my reckoning, the little crab apple tree in our back yard is about two weeks later coming into flower this year than it usually is, even though this is the most sheltered spot in the garden. This spring has … Continued

Gardeners’ Question Time

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What is this? Why is it not like anything else? What happens when I pull it? Why are you talking to me when I’m clearly very busy? What is this stuff…? Baby B is taking Leap 4 very seriously, and … Continued

Early

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Well, not very early, actually. This is the first Early Bumblebee I’ve seen this year, whereas last year I recorded my first one on 26th March. On the other hand, we had a nice spring last year, and this season … Continued

Pristine

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It seems that we might have acquired a more normal weather system than the one that’s been sitting over us for the past week, because after a cold night, today was a sunny, warm, spring-like day. This morning R and … Continued

Bling

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I’ve been searching for one of these little guys for the past few days, because my experience is that if you don’t find them in early April you’ve missed them for the year, so I was pleased to spot this … Continued

Pop-up

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We had all the weather today: frost, snow, hail, biting north-westerly winds, and short spells of deceptively bright sunshine, which repeatedly tricked me into thinking that it was a good idea to go out looking for insects – only to … Continued

Blossoming

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The weather is beginning to get me down now. It was another bitterly cold day, with dreadful light, and almost no insects on the wing. In fact I spotted a pair of female Andrena scotica, both with full pollen brushes, … Continued

Red

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If I’d known that this 2-spot ladybird was going to provide my favourite photo of the day, I’d have cleaned some of the dust bunnies off it when I rescued it from the kitchen sink, before moving it outside onto … Continued