Yesterday I spent the day doing one of the things that makes me happiest; wandering around looking at and recording plants. This time I was at the Easton and Otley College open day at the Easton Campus, just outside of Norwich. The college boasts a 245 acre farm and within this farmland there is a … Continue reading Easton College Nature Reserve
It's just a few weeks away from the Royal Norfolk Show and today whilst the children were either at school or nursery I took the opportunity to get away from the office and spend the day outside in the garden, potting up plants ready for the pollinator area at the show. I moved some strawberries … Continue reading Put down your phone, take a moment to look.
Over the next four weeks I'll be posting about the Pollinator area at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018, which I am honoured to be creating (see my previous post for more information). This includes a series of featured posts about some of the very generous local businesses which have donated to the area. The first … Continue reading Royal Norfolk Show – Walnut Tree Garden Nursery
This year The Royal Norfolk Show is overhauling its horticulture area. Taking a new approach, the show has tasked Ellen of Ellen Mary Gardening (Do check out her blog, it’s fantastic!) with organising a brand new, revamped and diverse horticulture area that will have something for everyone! The theme for this year is ‘community’ and … Continue reading Pollinators at The Royal Norfolk Show
It's been nearly two years since I last posted. A lot has happened since then and we are in a new home with new, smaller garden. Instead of being in suburban London, we're living in rural Norfolk in the Breckland area. We are still lucky enough to be adjacent to a woodland, however the two … Continue reading Back after a little break
Re-blogged from http://www.digforsanity.com (thank you!) You may have seen a few stories about Xylella fastidiosa in the last year or so, and maybe dismissed them because you are not an Italian olive grower (or maybe you are… in which case, buongio… Source: Xylella fastidiosa is not a Harry Potter character
I absolutely love this plant, and this blog does a great job at explaining why.
The familiar and unpretentious bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) seems to be spread all over the Scottish landscape; it is found on grasslands, meadows, rock ledges, sand dunes, derelict sites and roadside verges. This perennial herb, member of the legume family (Fabaceae, which includes peas, vetches, broad beans and clovers) is valued in many countries as pasture, hay, and silage, although it has become an invasive species in some parts of North America and Australia.
But more importantly for the aspect of ecosystem services, the bird’s-foot-trefoil is a larval food plant for several butterflies and moths and a valuable nectar source for many other insects. And, like some other legumes, the bird’s-foot-trefoil produces highly nutritious pollen.
However, it is not advantageous for the plant to make its pollen available to all that want it; pollen grains, which are full of proteins, amino-acids and vitamins, require…
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I didn’t take part this year – but read Wildlife Kate’s account of the 2016 Big Garden Birdwatch!
I watch the birds in my garden just about every day and, with the cameras I have, I am in the privileged position of being able to watch all my feeders even when I am working at my desk, where they are connected to screens in my office. I can even access them via my phone app, through the icatcher software that I use to monitor and record all the footage. So, when Big Garden Birdwatch comes around, I already could pretty much predict the exact species and numbers I am likely to see!
Yesterday, I spent an hour in my hub, photographing the visitors there. This is set up for photography and the background from these feeders is on the other side of the lane, so is always nicely out of focus, making the birds stand out. I get more of a variety of visitors on the patio feeders…
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Recent study finds consumer biological control lethal to bumble bee Bombus terrestris in laboratory tests For many years, gardeners and horticulturists have been using biological control products as a means to eradicate garden pests such as weevils, carrot root fly, thrips and slugs. Many gardeners, including myself, have used these products as a more natural … Continue reading Is Nemasys harmful to bumble bees?
I returned to work yesterday after a Christmas break with family in Norfolk. After 10 days It's great to be home in London and with the new year brings the start of a new season of species recording. Given I finally got around to signing up my daughter and I to become members of the … Continue reading 2016… Off to a botanical start