Glorious weed – a dark variety of Buddleia davidii growing over a fence at the back of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, mid July, 2014
I feel compelled to write about Buddleia, although I am not sure what can be said. This weedy garden escapee gets everywhere in our cities, seeding itself in brickwork crevices and chimneys as well as in gardens.
I have been keeping an eye on it this summer, although I first noticed Buddleia 35 years ago, when I was training Continue Reading »
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Swan parent and child – with big feet and no feathers to hide them under…
I had heard of Abbotsbury Swannery years ago but had no idea what part of the country it was in. So I was surprised to find (from various Dorset bloggers) that it was near Weymouth and within reach of my annual visit to Poole.
I had visualised the place as a little abbey with a handful of swans in a pond or moat alongside – but how wrong I was! Continue Reading »
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Daylily (Hemerocallis) in my garden
As a mini-project this summer I counted how many daylily flowers bloomed in a single pot of the herbaceous perennial plant in my garden. I have no idea what possessed me, except that I am intrigued by the fact that each flower comes and goes in a day.
I first “identified” what daylilies were when I saw them growing in the walled back garden of my in-laws’ tall, Victorian terraced red-brick house in Yorkshire. These were the very common orange or “tawny” daylilies and they were growing near the shed, so I was Continue Reading »
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The hornbeam on August 9, seen from the hedgerow…
I knew August could be a bit “boring” for the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) I am following. But it was an assignation I had to make for the sake of Lucy Corrander’s Tree Following project, even though it was a rushed job on a Saturday morning when we had just returned from a couple of weeks away on holiday and I was in the middle of doing the laundry.
It was a rush partly because Continue Reading »
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Lestes sponsa, the brilliant emerald damselfly or common spreadwing, at the Blue Pool in late July, 2014
I’m just back from a few days in Dorset and this time I “discovered” some places that were new to me. I had often passed by the Blue Pool at Furzebrook near Wareham, dismissing it because I thought it was a children’s tourist attraction (“home of The Wareham Bears”). Luckily last year several fellow bloggers (I think it was Esther Montgomery, Finn Holding and Shaz Goodwin) put me right and said it was worth a visit as a nature trail.
The Blue Pool in late July…
We arrived at the Blue Pool just after 9am on a glorious blue-sky morning, but before the day was too hot. More importantly, Continue Reading »
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Cardiff Castle, created by the Marquess of Bute, and a marquee (right)
It’s time to look at some more words. This particular ramble through the English dictionary starts with the fact that when I am sub-editing our Cardiff newspaper, reporters are always wrongly spelling the Marquess of Bute as the Marquis of Bute.
The 3rd Marquess of Bute was responsible, with architect William Burges, for Continue Reading »
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The winter tree is no more…
I feel responsible. I AM responsible! In May I was intrigued by a tree in Cardiff’s Llandaff Fields that wasn’t in leaf yet, while all others were. I called it the winter tree…
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