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Winter Visitors…..

The weather is considerably cooler here now and there is a real feel of autumn in the mornings with frost on the grass and a cold wind from the west.  This has meant the arrival of the winter thrushes, and … Continue reading

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Back home……

It’s holiday time, or at least it has been for the last two weeks, and I have been away in the wilds of Cornwall enjoying gardens very different from mine here in Shropshire, as well as catching up on some … Continue reading

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Hungry Dragonflies…….

As the weather has warmed up (and it stopped raining!) in the last couple of weeks, the garden has been transformed.  Suddenly we have masses of dragonflies including four species of colourful hawkers, plus lots of ruddy darters and other … Continue reading

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A butterfly’s nightmare…..

With the weather continuing to be wet and cold the wildlife in the garden here is struggling.  Butterflies in particular are few and far between and I am amazed that ringlets and meadow browns appear over the meadow at all.  … Continue reading

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Expect the unexpected………

Every garden has its daily wildlife – insects, birds or mammals that you tend to see on a regular, though seasonal, basis, and then the occasional more unusual visitor will pop up from time to time.  For me the thrill … Continue reading

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Beautiful by name, beautiful by nature……….

This is such an exciting time of year for our wildlife ponds.  Suddenly there are dragonflies and damselflies everywhere including a good number of Beautiful Demoiselles this year.  This graceful and colourful creature, with its transparent brown wings and bright … Continue reading

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Unexpected visitor…..

Every time a new species of bird or butterfly appears here I quietly congratulate myself, even if technically it has nothing to do with how I have designed and maintained this garden!  Sometimes specific things do produce desired results – … Continue reading

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Learning curve…..

A trip to the beautiful county of Devon, and to several amazing gardens full of wildlife, has once again made me think about the differences between our gardens depending on location.  The wonderful garden at Coleton Fishacre on the south … Continue reading

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Back home to The Crib…..

The first bumblebees of spring are always a delight.  These queens have spent the harsh winter months under the ground, usually in a small chamber which they excavate in the autumn, and they are awoken by a rise in temperature.  … Continue reading

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Some birds just won’t share……

Yet more weather changes in the last week, with heavy frosts making way for more spring-like conditions.  With great tits now singing – a very spring-like sound – it’s easy to forget that it’s only the end of January!  With … Continue reading

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