dovesfoot cranesbill in field

My growing obsession with wildflowers

ComfreyFumitory of the WallBlack MedickGarlic MustardOxford RagwortCuckooflower What began as a wildflower awakening back in February has slowly blossomed into bit of an obsession. Now, I notice wildflowers wherever I go. More and more of them are becoming well known to me, usually just by their common names, but sometimes by their botanical ones too, …

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David Bevan in Coldfall Wood

Late bloomer: How a botanical career slowly flourished

Credit: Aron Visuals, Unsplash I think I must have inherited a lateness gene. No matter how carefully I plan, I always seem to be running about, running late and running out of time. I am usually the last to do things among my friends. I didn't learn to ride a bike or swim until I …

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honey bees on a honeycomb in a hive

The trouble with beekeeping

I have always dreamt of keeping bees. On my good life wish list, it has ranked somewhere alongside tending an orchard, building a treehouse and creating a wildflower meadow for many years. Lately, I have been reading bedtime stories to my children from a book called Tales from the End Cottage, which has rekindled that …

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