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Bee hunter

The Regale lilies are always popular with honey bees as the big scented flowers produce copious nectar and pollen.  This bee wasn’t being busy, and on closer inspection it was clearly dead, a dry husk of a bee.  Just visible … Continue reading

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hungry teasels

Teasels are getting ready to flower, the soft, green buds are getting larger everyday. A shower of rain has filled the cups formed by the leaf bases. Already collecting is a fine collection of teasel-cup crud, and now small insects … Continue reading

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Field Poppy

From a dumpy bag of dirt, reclaimed from deconstruction work, this tissue-petalled beauty has arisen.  We did not sow it. Since the garden was created in 1984 and the first plants here were grown, seeds have been gathering in the … Continue reading

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Weeds? Herb Robert

Perched atop our brick pile is this healthy group of Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum, covered in a confetti of small pink flowers, busy with bees and pretty as anything. Rooted into little more than woodlouse poop, it shows just how … Continue reading

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Maximising investments

From the Hardy Plant Society’s rare plant sale, held in Highgate last weekend, we picked up this pot of yellow-leaf form Red Campion, Silene dioica ‘Ray’s Gold’, a nice plant for a very nice price – specialist plant sales are … Continue reading

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