Category Archives: Trees

National Tree Week 2019 – Day 4: The Wild Service Tree and making connections

In celebration of … continuously learning new things. I’ve been working at Wimpole Hall for about 10 years now and I would say that I am familiar with most of the trees growing there, so it was with some surprise … Continue reading

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National Tree Week 2019 – Day 3: Looking at trees in new ways

As if trees (and woods and forests and jungles) weren’t magical enough of themselves, I have discovered that I am also slightly obsessed with them when used as the basis in a number of quirky, conceptual Land Art* projects. So … Continue reading

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National Tree Week 2019 – Day 2: This year I am planting … a Sweet Chestnut

So, Sweet Chestnut was my tree of choice to plant out in the garden from yesterday’s candidates, but until I’d discovered whether it could be lifted from the nursery area without damage, it wasn’t a dead cert.  Happily, it turned … Continue reading

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National Tree Week 2019 – Day 1: First, select your tree

National Tree Week (#NationalTreeWeek – marking the start of the UK winter tree planting season) takes place from today, 23rd Nov to 1st Dec this year and the Tree Council are encouraging us all to become #TreeChampions. In practical terms … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – A silent, but hypnotic leaf fall

* Gustav Klimt‘s Portrait of Adele Bloch–Bauer I (1903-1907)  

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Late, late season plums … those would be bullaces

I’ve recently discovered that the fruit tree opposite the gardeners’ bothy at Wimpole is not just an oddly prolific, especially late-season plum, but is actually a Bullace. I’d never heard of them before! Both physically and in taste, bullaces lie … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday – Walking through the Botanics

I dropped my son off in town this morning and while he got creative, on a writing course, I hared around town on a few errands, until it rained. Then I headed for the Fitzwilliam Museum for a wander and … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – A blanket of leaves or a leaf blanket?

 

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Wordless Wednesday – The transformation begins

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Sweet Preserved Walnuts – Stealing a march on the squirrels

Since getting involved with the National Juglans Collection at Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, I’ve become fascinated with all things walnut. For instance, did you know that: In China, particularly Beijing, the nuts are traditionally used in finger or hand exercises … Continue reading

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