Sunday, December 4, 2016

Flower's progress

The cartwheel flower is beginning to show its form this evening.I'm not sure what flowers of this sort do over night - I'm pretty sure it can't close up but I'm unsure as to whether it will continue to develop in the dark. I'll know tomorrow morning.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cartwheel flowering

This is the beginning of the flowering of my giant hogweed. I've sectioned it off so thst no one can stumble upon it and burn themselves from the powerful sap and I'm taking this series of photos from atop a ladder, purpose laid so that I can get close to the flower without having to clamber up the stem and burn myself in a disfiguring way. It's early days yet, but I thought I'd start as soon as the plant showed signs of flowering and here are those signs; the wrap-around leaf-structure has opened enough to let the first flowers of the inflorescence-to-come, emerge. I'll keep photographing and posting as the flower opens. They're big, the flowers of the giant hogweed, and beautiful, though they frighten the local authorities. I'll harvest my flower before it sets seed.

Late spring/early summer fungus

This fungus will have been given a name but I haven't heard it. I guess the slimy coat is a defense against dehydration and perhaps other things but I've not read anything that talks about why some fungi have a slippery surface - there could be all manner of qualities to the glistening coat that have never been described and I bet there are. In any case, it's a wee beauty!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Approaching 20 000

It seems a lot in a short time and I'll bet the Happen Films people are pleased with how well their short film; "An invitation for wildness" has spread across the interweb so quickly. Or is this normal for these times? I know a clip of Tim Shadbolt riding a scooter raced around the online world, amassing an extraordinary number of views in a very short time, so perhaps our approaching 20 000 in a week is nothing out of the ordinary. In any case, I'm pleased that so many people are taking a peek at how our garden looks and what we have to say about living in a forest garden.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Be wildered

"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition"
                                              - Jalaluddin Rumi

Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's raining again

After a superbly fine early spring, the end of the season has become sodden. We've had rain for days now, with sunny spells in between, and the ground is far from dry. From the point of view of a plant guy, this is lovely, as everything green is lapping it up and pushing toward the sky, but visitors to the area will be wishing for a return to summery conditions we enjoyed earlier. Today's raindrops seem especially large and it'll be fun to stay indoors for the day. I'll take the opportunity though, to transplant seedlings from trays to pots, as the atmosphere suits that transfer perfectly.

The bells! The bells!

Fox gloves become folks' gloves when the derivation of the name is explored a little.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

An invitation for wildness

The short film made by Happen Films about our forest garden is online now and attracting very encouraging comments. We are happy with how it turned out and how quickly the film is being shared around the interweb. Here's the link to the Youtube version. Enjoy :-)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Doves, light and dark


Cardiocrinum giganteum

Stilbocarpa Lyalii

Keswick codlin

The elderflowers are ready

Champagne on its way!