It's unusual for me to walk the meadow late afternoon but I wanted to see if there were any caterpillars on the Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea
I walk every morning before breakfast, usually just a short loop up to the church, past the pond to feed the mallards and moorhens and then home. Occasionally I need to go food shopping and I take the opportunity to walk up through Little Switzerland.
An impromptu trip to Marden Meadow to celebrate the start of #30DaysWild
I've been struggling to grow Snakeshead Fritillaries in my mini meadow for years and this year a small proportion of the one hundred bulbs flowered. But how on earth did the lily beetles find them so fast?
Last night I followed a twitter thread debating the pros and cons of beekeeping versus supporting the increase in our native pollinators.
In 2014 I created a mini meadow outside my studio and relaxed my long running debate with having a cropped lawn in the rest of the garden. Despite stealthily mowing round the Birds Foot Trefoil ("I couldn't mow the bees!"), overall the main lawn has been kept loosely sheared.
But now I've discovered a middle ground through the charity Plantlife - No Mow May
If I had known then what I know now
I would have started this diary years ago
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