Winter blues…

…and pinks, oranges, yellows and greens… November colour I’m delighted with the flowers still blooming in the garden. They’re not even bedraggled and just clinging on – they’re still budding and growing new flowers! (probably at least partly due to the unseasonably mild weather). I’ve not seen many bees about recently, but if any late... Continue Reading →

Make do and mend

"Manage with and repair the possessions one already has rather than buying replacements."Definition from Oxford Languages I naturally live by the "make do" part of make do and mend, wearing and using things until they fall apart due to an aversion to throwing things away, and re-purposing them when I can when they're beyond their... Continue Reading →

Wildlife-welcoming wins

Two things have made me very happy in the garden recently. I wanted to share them as an example of making space for nature without much (if any) time, and without spending a fortune (in my case, spending nothing at all). Bees in bee hotel One Sunday evening in the winter, I spent an hour... Continue Reading →

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 →

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