Garden Wildlife

I didn’t get to play a new song this week. Some relaxing of restrictions coincided with a new part for my camera. So first a trip into the garden. For a video of some spring garden highlights look here. Herb-Robert I’m sure many gardeners will just think of this as Read more…

picture of Nettle Weevil

Spring on the Canal

So after being shut in for so long and the travel distance relaxed I took to visiting the local canal for a wildlife fix. Who’d have thought a Stinging Nettle would have such beauty? And here’s a chap whose young will feed on the nettle. Can’t help thinking this is Read more…


Magnolia Flowers

These are two of my favourite Magnolia species. First the Purple Magnolia or Magnolia liliiflora. Next the comparatively delicate looking Siebold’s Magnolia or Magnolia sieboldii. Can you chose your favourite of the two?

Pheasant's Eye (Narcissus poeticus) in flower at Killerton

Flowers at Killerton

Flowers at Killerton From the formal gardens adjacent to the house to the woodland above there are flowers for all at Killerton. This 18th century property has a remarkable collection of non-native trees. They cover the slope behind the house which has been carefully planted with these exotic tree species. Read more…

Handkerchief or Dove Tree

Handkerchief Tree Flower

Handkerchief Tree Flower The handkerchief or dove tree is originally from south west China. Introduced to Europe in 1904. Originally thought to be in the Dogwood family. This fast growing tree with it’s Lime like leaves, is best know for the elegant white bracts. From where it gets it’s name. Read more…