Odds and Ends

Winter flowering shrubs

I wrote this post a few weeks ago. Since then quite a few plants have begun to flower in the mild weather, so what appears below doesn’t seem quite so noteworthy. At the time of writing there were no other flowers to be seen! Anyway, here we go: Winter certainly isn’t the peak time of

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A Bee’s A-Buzzin’ About

From the first week in January: What with the daytime temperatures of early January being a relatively balmy 15°C or so, we’ve had some fine weather for a spot o’ bumbling about. Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ had a steady flow of visitors for a few sunny days. It’s guests found plenty to forage and

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Stone Circle Hunting

To see in the New Year, we headed up to Bakewell with some friends. We arrived on New Year’s Eve: we ate, we drank, we made merry, we almost forgot when midnight was, at some point we finally went to bed. Morning was hot on the heels of bedtime but we awoke bushy tailed nonetheless,

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Exploring Oxalis

Things are pretty quiet on the Corydalis and Dicentra front. There are a few leaves here and there, making the most of any fine autumn weather that passes through. The tuberous Corydalis are tucked away under a blanket of leaf mould; no doubt they are fidgeting around beneath their cover, sending roots into the freshly

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Dactylicapnos torulosa

Dactylicapnos torulosa is a fascinating annual climber. It is often slow to start in the Birmingham climate I am growing it in, but it soon cracks on once the weather warms up. Once it gets going, it provides plentiful, pendant, yellow flowers. A novel feature, which extends it’s season of interest, are the twisted red

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