Category Archives: Lockdown Diary

Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe

We get very few moths in the garden although of late I’ve seen more micros about and what I assume is an Orange Underwing from the orange moth I saw flying off. I also disturbed a Plume I think, but … Continue reading

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Cut & Come Again

Because of the special nature of this year and much more time spent in the garden I have done what is always recommended… deadheaded. This not only involves snipping off individual blooms that have died but also cutting back whole … Continue reading

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Home & Away

My visit to the Grove a couple of days ago gave me a chance to compare some of the flowers growing wild there with some I’ve lately acquired for the garden. Needless to say, they look better in vast banks … Continue reading

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Let’s have a heated debate…

Yesterdays pleasant stroll to the ramp at Grove Ferry may not have turned up many birds, but it was full of wildflowers and insects. There were very few butterflies about, apart from Large Whites, Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns… exactly what … Continue reading

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Nature’s Bounty & Beauty

So the birding was very slow at ‘the Grove’… what do you expect in August – there is never much about in ‘high summer’. The only ‘year tick’ was a tucked-up Garganey. Its hard to distinguish any birds when most … Continue reading

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I really must label more!

A useful low-growing perennial that tolerates shade, Lilyturf is a useful addition to the garden, although I can’t vouch for its attractiveness to invertebrates. I remember buying and planting it… but had to use a plant ID website to identify … Continue reading

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Battered but unbowed

No much to say today… having spent Sunday in our minuscule front garden tackling very overgrown bushes we suffered for the effort with aching bones and livid scratches. Consequently, not a lot of time was spent in the garden since. … Continue reading

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What’s eating Gilbert Grape?

This thistle plant was in fine fettle a couple of days ago… when I looked yesterday two leaves were mere skeletons, today even more leaves got eaten… but a thorough search did not reveal the culprit? Scotch Thistle Onopordum acanthium I … Continue reading

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Batman Returns & other sequels

I noticed subtle differences in this hoverfly today and, looking back at previous mentions I realise that this is the opposite sex to the other one featured. Batman Hoverfly Myathropa florea I had wondered, when I planted up the hanging … Continue reading

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2020 Vision

When I was a kid I feared little… except being poisoned (my dad had eaten Deadly Nightshade as a kid and his paranoia was liberally shared with us). Murder was rare, pedophilia almost unheard of, the streets were mostly safe … Continue reading

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