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Characterful old lion’s head beside a Cardiff street…

Cardiff is a very green city and alongside every street in the suburbs there are plants aplenty. These pictures were taken on a single long road a fortnight ago.

Of course the trees and shrubs have all moved on even more into spring since then… (more…)

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A trio of metal bees for £17.50 from Patio and Terrace… http://www.patioandterrace.co.uk

On Sunday we went to the Cardiff RHS Flower Show in Bute Park. It was a glorious Spring day and it felt great to be out and about. In previous years (click here for 2012 and 2013) I took a lot of flower pictures, but this time I seem to have taken far more of the outside trade stalls.

First there were the insects… (more…)

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Magpie (Pica pica) eating a mouse, perched on an ash tree in the garden

Spring is coming to my garden but as well as the usual new life bursting out all over the place, there are some losses, too.

I think the blackbirds are nesting outside my window – I saw a female taking a beakful of grass into a spiky Mahonia bush. But I fear it won’t give enough protection, as the magpies and crows are already (more…)

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Cherry blossom sprouting on a roadside tree

After months of rain and gales, with floods and falling trees, this week has been comparatively calm in Wales. Winter probably hasn’t finished with us yet, but at last there have been real signs of spring.

I noticed catkins and cherry blossom on roadside trees as I was walking home in the dusk the other night, so took my camera with me next morning. They must have (more…)

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Dark pink hybrid hellebore in the garden in January

We have had a LOT of rain here in Wales, but at least so far this winter has been mild. You may recall that December still felt like late autumn.

As we near the end of January, there are signs of spring. The hellebores have (more…)

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Liquidambar leaves on the frosty lawn…

It has been a long, slow autumn. Usually it is sharp and sweet between September and November, but this year some autumn colour has remained long into December. I guess it’s because we haven’t had enough hard frost yet.

Eventually the last ash leaf (more…)

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Grey wagtail on the roof, November 14, 2013…

There is definitely something in the air. Although so many trees are still green, the weather has suddenly become colder and drier. I knew something had changed when (more…)

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Chrome yellow Mahonia flowers through a wet window…

It’s time to catch up with the garden. October and November in South Wales have been very wet and often windy. While areas farther south in England suffered in the St Jude’s Day storms a week ago, our big gales (more…)

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Bumble bee on dahlia, Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire, August 2013

I’m still ploughing through all the pictures I took on holiday in Pembrokeshire in August. These are from Picton Castle, near Haverfordwest. Here I will mostly focus on the garden, but (more…)

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The walled garden at Colby…

This was my first visit to Colby Woodland Garden, near Amroth in Pembrokeshire, for decades. So it was my first visit with a digital camera. The garden is (more…)

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