Flowers for friends

Ooph! well, wedding planning for the autumn is getting *com-pli-cat-ed*, thanks to COVID19! So I thought I'd distract myself with a little blog post sharing some of the wildlife friendly plants and gardening efforts I have been making, that have helped attract all those lovely butterflies we looked at in my previous post. If you'll …

Sweet Winter

(An 'Operation: Garden Wild' update!) Recently, it has been rare to have a full weekend without rain, so I have been making the most of it out in the garden. The result is that the first of the raised beds I introduced on my previous blog (Operation: Wild Garden) is already fully planted up! I …

Operation: Garden Wild

Operation: Wild Garden Today I have taken the first steps in a new project, and it’s time I introduced it to you. Come and have a look at these! Three brand new raised beds for my garden! I have just finished constructing these (with the assistance of my fiancé and a rechargeable screwdriver!) I can’t …

Allotment Diaries

Last week the annual invoice for our allotment fees arrived, and with the deadline unable to wait until next payday, I somewhat reluctantly transferred the required sums. I thought of the weeds and overgrown patches, the gap in the beds where my plans for successional sowing were beaten by summer heat, laziness and other distractions, …

Reading Season

This year, June is for me all about the build up to my treat of the summer... a weekend at the fabulous Wealden Literary Festival! Natural history meets book festival; the Wealden Literary Festival is looking like my perfect kind of weekend. This will be my first visit, although the event has been running for …

Wizards’ Tree

Gardens Month Wildlife Wednesday Species Focus: Rowan One of the common messages we hear when discussing conservation and the environment is that we should be planting more trees. But how does this fit into the wildlife garden? Trees offer structure and shade to a garden. Many also have flowers and fruit, and their leaves are …

Spawned!

(A Gardens Month blog on Frogs and Toads) From jelly-like spawn, to wriggling tadpoles, and finally hopping croaking adult amphibians, the life story of frogs and toads is familiar to many of us from early childhood. Increasingly however, contact with nature is diminishing in children’s lives, and frogs and toads are struggling too. Ponds are …

The Autumn Garden

Welcome to autumn, the season of fruitfulness! How was your summer? I hope it was filled with wild adventures and wonderful experiences. Now the countryside is filled with signs of seasonal change as trees take on golden hues and flowers begin to fade. Our gardens are following this trend too, and it is easy to …