Monday, 20 December 2010


And there has to be a Robin when there is snow. 

And snow there certainly is!!!

This follows weeks of heavy frost.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Long-tailed Tits

On an exceptionally frosty morning a flock of Long-tailed Tits passed through the garden.  This is the first time we have seen them here.

The dark (and dirty windows!) reduced the quality of the photos.

Sunday, 26 September 2010


This is the second time in recent weeks that a Sparrowhawk has caught a pigeon and plucked it on our lawn leaving piles of feathers to be collected up.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

An August visitor

I had a pair of Southern Hawkers in the garden on 6th August.  One of them wouldn't stay still at all but fortunately the other stopped - very briefly - for me.

Friday, 30 July 2010

Moths from a moth night

These moths were taken in my moth trap on the night of 26th / 27th June.

Buff Ermine

Dark Arches

Double Square Spot

Dusky Brocade


Garden Carpet


Grey Chi

Heart and Dart

Hebrew Character

Ingrailed clay

Map-winged Swift

Marbled Beauty

Mottled Beauty

Riband Wave

The Uncertain

Willow Beauty

Thursday, 29 July 2010

2 spot variant

Tbhis ladybird in the garden is a variant of the Two-spot - Adalia 2-punctata f. annulata.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Lesser Yellow Underwing

The Lesser Yellow Underwing is a very common species in our garden.  This one took refuge in the shed.  While I was rescuing it I decided to try to get a picture or two of its colourful hindwings.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010


Some of the annuals currently flowering in the garden.



Petunia ?

Cosmos ?


Friday, 16 April 2010

Hairy Bittercress

Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is a common weed of gardens, greenhouses, paths, railways and waste ground. It is a plant ideally constituted to be a weed - it likes disturbed ground and bare soil; it can grow from seed to a plant shedding seeds within three weeks; it has pods that explode sending the seeds a distance from the plant; and the seeds can remain viable within the soil for at least ten years.

I wonder how many gardening years of work are spent getting Hairy Bittercress out of our gardens?

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Early April

Some early April sights:-

Lesser Celandine - a garden variety.




Weeping Willow

Mount Hood Daffodil

Frogspawn appeared on 9th April.