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Wordless Wednesday – “Mandrake, or Mandragora, is a powerful restorative.” … “Excellent. Ten points to Gryffindor.” *

* From Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (by J K Rowling)

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Wordless Wednesday – In a sweet swirl

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Autumn’s melody, played at its own tempo

I took this photo of a sycamore colouring up into rainbow hues a little over two weeks ago. I was impressed because we’ve not had frosts and I have it in my head that we get better autumn reds and … Continue reading

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Coming out of the woodwork ….

Purple Toothwort (Lathraea clandestina) is like something conjured from a science fiction film, but it is real and it is breaking out of the ground right now. Just look at the clusters of little hooded figures with their sinister overhanging … Continue reading

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Ring of Fire

My autumn tree quest is never complete without a visit to Cambridge Botanical Gardens, primarily to check out the Liquidambar at the lake edge. It colours up quite early and is a fantastic sight, with its reflected glory in the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – 21/10/2015 – If Klimt had painted Autumn

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Phases of the Maze

I think mazes are tremendous fun: From the glorious, historic hedge mazes of palaces and castles (e.g. Hampton Court, Hever Castle) to the local Victorian yew hedge maze in Saffron Walden. I invariably get lost in them too, even though … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – 08/07/2015 – Acer davidii and the beautiful butterfly tattoos

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Wordless Wednesday – 06/05/2015 – Graffiti at the Botanics

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Virtual Reality and the Japanese Cherry

Standing at the top of a bluff, overlooking the lake in the sandstone garden at Cambridge Botanics, is my favourite tree in the garden. Ok, I might need to use the word favourite for other examples there, but it remains … Continue reading

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