With many of our gardens showing signs of spring, lots of us will be keen to get outside and begin clearing our borders and pruning back those wayward shrubs.Continue reading
Well it’s the 13th October and I have eaten several of our home-grown strawberries today!Continue reading
After carefully nurturing the sweetcorn in pots, until I had cleared the first bed of potatoes, I finally got to plant out the sweetcorn this weekend.
Always look forward to the first strawberries of the season and today I picked this beauty!
I found the first Andrena fulva – tawny mining bee – whilst weeding the garden today. This is a solitary bee which nests underground, building a volcano-like mound of soil around the entrance to its burrow. They generally emerge in April, so this one is a few weeks early.
I also found a queen wasp and two honey bees emerging from hibernation in our conservatory, where they have spent the winter.
Spring is definitely in the air; tomorrow is the Spring Equinox so we can look forward to longer days and next weekend 26 March, we move on to British Summer Time when the clocks go forward an hour.
Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.
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Every year I am bewildered when I see garden centres and supermarkets selling ‘painted’ heathers in a variety of garish colours.
Dorset Apple Cake (sometimes known as Somerset Apple Cake) is delicious served warm. Although this recipe calls for cooking apples, but I find it a great way to use up any type of windfall apples.Continue reading
This is a delicious Mary Berry recipe, which I recently discovered. You can make with any type of apples, including windfalls.
Today marks the 20th anniversary since the death of Geoff Hamilton.Continue reading
Who needs to buy a bee hotel? This leafcutter bee was busy making a nest inside a recessed screw hole in my hosepipe reel.