Surprise seedlings revealed

I mentioned in my last blog post that I was looking forward to seeing what some unlabelled wildflower seedlings would turn into. Their flowers have finally started opening, confirming my growing suspicion of their identity... ... Cornflower! (Centaurea cyanus) As some of the first wildflowers out in our garden, they have already been attracting some... Continue Reading →

Seedling Excitement

About a year ago a made a little wildflower patch in my parents’ garden. This year I’ve gone a bit mad adding pots to my little (rented) patio. The wildflower mixes I used last year gave the added anticipation of waiting to see what appeared, but I decided this time to choose a few specific... Continue Reading →

New year, old “stuff”

New Year is often thought of as a time to be “out with the old and in with the new”. Those of us wanting to do our best for the environment might think twice about buying brand new things, especially when they don’t desperately need replacing, but we don’t have to be excluded from turning... Continue Reading →

Discovering Species – Bearded Tit

I spent hours with my partner and his parents happily listening and watching the reedbeds in anticipation on a visit to RSPB Titchwell last year. The weather was gorgeous and we had a wonderful day – the highlight being watching a pair of Marsh Harriers “sky dancing” against the cloudless sky as the sun began... Continue Reading →

Discovering Species – Wood Ant

I could get lost in watching a wood ant nest for hours… if standing next to one didn’t make me an immediate target for the little guys to start nipping to warn me off. Their enormous nests may be made from dead vegetation, but seem almost alive in themselves. I find it mesmerising to see... Continue Reading →

Wildflower Patches and Pots

I’ve been enjoying watching the little wildflower patch I planted in my parents’ garden earlier in the year as it’s bloomed and done a fine job of attracting and feeding plenty of pollinators. Even now, it’s still growing new flowers and it’s a pleasure to potter outside with the dog to see how it’s getting... Continue Reading →

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