Garden

March Highlights

March has been wet. Very wet. A couple of light frosts but really it feels as though the winter is done and spring has well and truly arrived. The garden has really kicked off and it’s noticeable how many invertebrates have appeared, and so far I’ve noticed butterflies (comma, brimstone and peacock) as well as …

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February Highlights

As you might expect, February 2024 was pretty grey, pretty windy, pretty wet and a little cold. We had a couple of frosts here in Gloucestershire but nothing particularly severe or prolonged. However we have a couple of those spring-like days that make you dash out and face up towards the sun. The blossom has …

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January Highlights

January is usually a variable month in my part of the world. Sometimes it can feel like the true winter it really is, with continuous frosts and snowy spells. Other times it feels more like a dreary November: wet and windy and grey. Well this year it’s mostly been the latter, but there have been …

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Japanese Wineberries

Japanese wineberries Rubus phoenicolasius are a species of berry, native to Asia, in the same family as blackberries and raspberries.   I introduced one to my garden in the winter of 2022 for several reasons. The main reason was that it bears (reputedly delicious) fruit. The second reason was that it would be a good climbing cover …

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