Monthly Archive: April 2019

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Bird puzzlers

Sometimes our most familiar creatures set us puzzles. Dunnocks are regular visitors to our feeders: three of them have been in a state of high excitement since mid-March – tail dipping, wing flicking and...

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Out cycling at this time of year, I often pass what from a distance look like rather strange pink hyacinths. These are the flowers of the BUTTERBUR (Petasites hybridus). Most people will recognise butterbur...

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English Country Garden

A song remembered from my youth, sung by Nana Mouskouri, extolled the attractions of the English country garden. Some parts of it still apply both to country and urban gardens, especially the first verse...