Tag Archives: seeds

A skunk stripe

I am now catching most of the dawn on my early morning bike rides. The sky ahead of me is full of radiant hues of pink, apricot and lilac. The bright Lenten moon sits on my shoulder. The air is … Continue reading

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Seeds

That’s my annual seed order sent off. I spent hours pouring over my preferred seed catalogue, comparing the descriptions of differing varieties of this vegetable and that, and weighing up whether to stick with a trusted favourite or experiment with … Continue reading

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June

For my seasonal reading in June*, Steve Roud, in The English Year, describes our misunderstanding of the traditional celebrations around midsummer. He says that we’ve been seduced by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream into thinking Midsummer is when fairies and sprites … Continue reading

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Maple Arts Exhibition

Yesterday airborne seeds smoked and billowed from the downy heads of thistle plants. It always seems to me that, like the mayfly, thistle seeds seasonally pour forth in one of those blink-and-you-miss-it profligate events nature is so good at. Suddenly … Continue reading

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A brace of pheasants

This pair appeared on our doorstep this week. Our next door neighbour has been beating for one of the local shoots and brought us home a souvenir. Little Owl took one look at them and said they made her sick. … Continue reading

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Seed heads

One of the things I love about this time of year is pottering about in the garden having a good sort out. The light is beautifully mellow and there’s a nip to the air. There’s lots of birds to see, … Continue reading

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Broad Beans

Some seeds in our garden have completely failed to germinate this year. I’ve not seen hide nor hair of the beetroot, courgettes, or pumpkins. The odd spinach and lettuce has come up but nothing compared to last year. In contrast, … Continue reading

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