Tag Archives: drought

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 … Continue reading

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Bluebell Arboretum

On Monday, we took a detour to get home from my parents, visiting a plant nursery in the Midlands. I have been on the lookout for a dogwood with black stems and am not sure the Cornus alba Kesselringii I … Continue reading

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Autumn in summer

The June drop is happening in more ways than one. Apples tend to fall (here) in July rather than June, so I shouldn’t be too perturbed that I’ve got a fridge full of windfalls. More concerning is the leaf fall. … Continue reading

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A bean pod

Every year, I vow that I will water more than I did the last year. It doesn’t happen. Except this year. I might still not be watering enough – there comes a point where the cost of watering outweighs the … Continue reading

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The difference a fence makes

At last, the day has arrived when I came home to a new fence down the east side of my back garden. The photo makes it look a bit wonky, which in fact it isn’t. However, my neighbour herself is … Continue reading

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The sweet smell of apple blossom

I’ve just been watching pairs of pigeons fighting/courting. One of example of how much more entertaining the garden can be in comparison with television. The other main joy today has been smelling the apple blossom. Why I’ve never before thought … Continue reading

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Rain on clay

There is a stereotype abound that it rains a lot in England. Well, sure it does – in comparison with California or the Sahara. It certainly rains a lot on the other side of the Pennines, a ridge of hills … Continue reading

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Is saving water worth the effort?

I have just started reading a brilliant book, Living the good life by Linda Cockburn. It is about a family in Australia who try to live without money for six months. I would recommend it for the read as much … Continue reading

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