Not the African savanna

It was a rare occasion that I didn’t take my phone with me on Sunday afternoon. We’d gone for a walk to look for elderflower, though I knew it was possibly a little too early.

In the event, we ended up walking through the country park near our house to get home. I feel continually blessed to have such a resource so close to my house: literally a hundred metres or so. And to think it was once a coal mine.

In the above photo you can see remnants of the coal mining industry on the landscape to the left. Here little vegetation is growing – so far.

However, the purpose of this photograph is to illustrate the lack of water in the pond. At this time of year, the pond should be thriving, not a wadi.

No doubt the drought last year will be part of the reason for the disappearing pond. This will have been compounded by the dry winter and dearth of rain this spring.

On the other hand, some things seem to have benefitted from the strange climatic conditions. One such is the purslane which has suddenly appeared in the back garden. I had sown some a few years ago but it didn’t come to much. Now it’s doing well.

Equally, I planted echinacea seedlings in the front garden in the same year. They seemed to die on me but look at this:

I do hope I’m right as I love echinacea. So will the birds and the bees if it thrives this time. Quite what happened in the intervening years, though, remains a mystery!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Not the African savanna

  1. Clare Pooley says:

    It is wonderful how seeds just wait for the right moment to germinate!

  2. That is even nearer than our forest. Good luck with the echinacea

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