Category Archives: The home garden

In a vase on Monday – Lazy Herb Salad

For lunch at the weekend I ‘prepared’ a lazy salad fresh from the garden: ‘Erbette’ perpetual spinach, beetroot leaves, chives, parsley, coriander, mizuna, red veined sorrel. I washed the leaves and stood them in a pint glass of water for … Continue reading

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Wildlife Wednesday – Knapweed Magnetism

Over the years I have noticed that knapweed is as attractive as thistles to winged insects. It has similar shaped flowers and is a similar colour, but thank goodness it is a lot less prickly than thistles. So I’ve happily … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – A bright new visitor

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Six on Saturday – Good enough to eat!

As well as rain (for which I am very grateful), clouds of flea beetles seem to have descended on the garden this week. They are all over the poppies and roses, but are also consuming various leaves in the vegetable … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday – Bright Lights

18/04/2020 Six on Saturday is hosted by The Propagator. If you want to join in, check Jonathon’s blog for directions about posting and links to other participants’ Sixes. It makes a great distraction from COVID-19 Live Updates. Here are my … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Ah, the forgotten, saved Oca from last year!

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Easter 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic

As we hit a number of scary milestones in the path of this disease this Easter I am thinking of key workers in all walks of life with gratitude And wishing everyone a peaceful and hopeful Easter.

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Wordless Wednesday – A Smooth Newt

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Six on Saturday – Running just to keep still

14/03/2020 With various things being cancelled over the last week I’ve managed to escape to the garden a bit more than usual, which has been brilliant. And Lord knows, it needs the attention, but somehow I’ve struggled to get things … Continue reading

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Trapeze artists … and other high wire performers

In spite of all the named storms and gusty weather sweeping across the country, our bird feeders have been exceptionally busy throughout February. In fact there is a correlation: The nastier the weather the more likely we are to see … Continue reading

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