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Flora of the Coast

We helped with the Plant Life Wildflower Count this Sunday on a beautiful walk through the woodlands of the Vale of Glamorgan Coast. What looked like a Falcon, certainly a bird of prey, swooped over our heads as we were … Continue reading

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Challenging the Mare that is Mare’s Tail

The saga of mare’s tail continues in my alotment. Inspired by an assiduous gardening friend, I decided to attempt to perform something of a forensic on the bed and try to decontaminate of all roots of the offending party. But … Continue reading

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German herb sauce

I saw a recipe for a classic Frankfurt dish that combines an interested number of herbs… borage, chervil, burnet, sorrel, parsley, cress and chives. All of which are quite possibly growing in your herb patch presently. Or if they are … Continue reading

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key hole gardening

I saw a keyhole garden using woven willow to plant turnips, salad, marigolds, peas and beans. Composting seems to be the key to a keyhole system. Traditionally used in Africa as a method of planting without having to step on … Continue reading

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Violet Carpenter Bee

  Another bee that is a newbie to the UK is the Violet Carpenter Bee, originating from the heat of the Southern Mediterranean. It is all black, with slightly incandescent purple wings.  It is thought to have immigrated in timber … Continue reading

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Wanted: the Shrill Carder Bee

Have you seen this bumble bee? The Shrill Carder Bees are one of the two rarest bumblebees in the UK. They are distinctive with their higher-pitched buzz and delicate straw colouring and dark-band across the thorax. They are also somewhat … Continue reading

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Bumble Bees

I was lucky enough to attend a bumble bee identification workshop this week. There are around 250 bees in the UK, of which 24 are bumblebee species found in the UK. What an array of bees we have on this … Continue reading

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Blooming Foxglove

Cream polka dot foxy glove in full bloom.

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Pollinator and People Friendly Greens

New arrivals to the pop-up include leeks, garlic mustard, red mustard, dill, echinacea, sorrel and spinach.

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Feverfew

New additions to the bee library/exchange…Feverfew, Cerinthe Major,  Lady’s Mantle and Periwinkle.

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