Monthly Archives: June 2021

An outing by bus

The last time I went on a bus before today was on my birthday, just over 15 months ago. I’d originally taken the day off to go for a walk with a friend but she’d called that off as the … Continue reading

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Rosemary beetle damage

Thanks to Clare Pooley, I was able to identify a spectacular-looking beetle which I saw on some lemon balm in the back garden last week. It is a rosemary beetle (Chrysolina americana) and it is a shame that it could … Continue reading

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No longer a perennial

After picking all the florets off the Nine-Star broccoli, I kept an eye on it for more shoots, so that they didn’t turn to flowers. Under its cloche and a layer of micro mesh, however, it was difficult to keep … Continue reading

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The results of last autumn’s new bed

On a roll with soil building last autumn, having discovered I could get manure almost on tap earlier in the year, I set about transforming the bed by the back door. First, I covered the very thin layer of soil … Continue reading

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In search of a pan

Behind the scenes over the last few months, I’ve been attending talks on dyeing fibres and reading up on the subject here and there. The upshot of this is lots of information swirling round in my brain. But one piece … Continue reading

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Day lily flowers

The other day, I noticed that not only the globe artichoke was in flower but that the day lilies had also added their flowers to the tableau. I got these plants as seeds – nine altogether, of which three germinated … Continue reading

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A flower on the globe artichoke

One of the joys of growing a plant I have no horticultural experience of is the suspense. What will happen when? Thus, early this morning, whilst out with the watering can, I saw the beginnings of the first globe artichoke … Continue reading

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Backdoor strawberries

I went for a lovely walk with a friend in Meanwood Park yesterday. Whilst rhododendrons are no longer encouraged, I can see why they were once all the rage. Suffice to say, I wouldn’t think it wise to plant any … Continue reading

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Grow your own jeans

This morning, my ears pricked up when I heard the final news item on the Today programme. There is a project in Blackburn, where flax and woad have been sown with a view to showing the world that we can … Continue reading

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I recently bought a collection of non-wool fibres to experiment with. The first one I chose to spin was ramie (from a type of nettle not found in Europe). I really enjoyed spinning this fibre. Something about the activity hit … Continue reading

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