Reptilian rendezvous

One of the benefits of this Covid lockdown is the necessity to stay close to home.  In so doing, I have had the opportunity to frequent myself with the hidden gems on my doorstep.  During my daily walks I have discovered new footpaths and new habitats, and not only discovered their whereabouts but also what …

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“There is a plant that shall be mine, tis the little celandine”

I recall William Wordsworth as banks of these bright yellow stars mark the transition from Winter to Spring. Most people think that his favourite flowers were daffodils, but in actual fact, they were the celandines of which he wrote so fondly. Lesser celandines are part of the buttercup family (ranunculus ficaria), and are renowned for …

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Shady adventures at Westonbirt Arboretum

In a flight of spontaneity, I find my car involuntarily turning towards the brown signs that lead me to Westonbirt Arboretum. Turning into the carpark, I was instantly glad I had come.  Trees are truly magnificent. Their dazzling shapes, presence and personalities, and the cool, stippled light they provide.  It is a steamy hot July …

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