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RPA Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • Farewell, then old incinerator, redwings, birdbath and Happy Valentine's Day!

    Date posted: Sunday 14th February 2021

    Farewell, then old incinerator, redwings, birdbath and Happy Valentine's Day!

    So, farewell, then RPA incinerator, that’s stood here for many a year and provided the background for many Pumpkin competitions and awards presentations at the Autumn Social!

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  • Shoots of spring, native hedge and wildlife area plantings

    Date posted: Monday 8th February 2021

    Shoots of spring, native hedge and wildlife area plantings

    The Beast from the East 2 has been blowing snow flurries around for the past two days and it’s been bitterly cold. Before that it’s been incredibly wet with what felt like more rain than we’ve seen for ages, and the site roads have become fords in places.

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  • Snow, goldcrests and harbingers of spring

    Date posted: Tuesday 26th January 2021

    Snow, goldcrests and harbingers of spring

    A snow fall on Sunday morning, causing widespread excitement for everyone of us in lockdown who’s been finding these short days of dark, dull weather increasingly irksome. We went down to the plot

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  • Mistletoe, holly and ivy too...

    Date posted: Wednesday 23rd December 2020

    Mistletoe, holly and ivy too...

    Several years ago I picked mistletoe berries from the abundant bunches growing in the ornamental apple tree at the front entrance to the site. I smeared some of the berries into the cracks and crevices in my old apple tree and this year, for the first time, I’ve got berries galore!

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  • Let's hear it for lichen!

    Date posted: Monday 7th December 2020

    Let's hear it for lichen!

    The logpile at the entrance to the dead hedge and beehive area is now hosting an intriguing white lichen. Lichens are fascinating and, to me mysterious and fascinating organisms. When you look closely at a tree branch or a wall covered with different varieties it can seem like a whole eco-system in miniature.

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  • Centenary Tree Planting 01.11.20

    Date posted: Thursday 5th November 2020

    Centenary Tree Planting 01.11.20

    Some good news amid the general despondency re another lockdown and uncertain US election results – the planting of a new tree to commemorate our centenary next year! This is a crab apple, John Downie with white blossom and red and yellow fruit,

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  • Dead hedgehog very sad

    Date posted: Friday 9th October 2020

    Dead hedgehog very sad

    A very sad discovery of this dead hedgehog lying on someone’s plot this Tuesday. Flora and I were both concerned that the animal looked to be in a healthy bodily condition – we thought it might be the victim of eating slugs that had ingested metaldehyde based slug pellets. But Rose later suggested that the hedgehog might have died after being accidently pierced by a fork while someone was turning a compost heap.

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  • Self seeders are a go..!

    Date posted: Wednesday 23rd September 2020

    Self seeders are a go..!

    Let’s hear it for all those self seeders! At the beginning of this year’s growing season, in spring when we were preparing the plot my partner and I had a ‘discussion’ about the large drifts of limnanthes that I was intent on growing in a prime bean location. Eventually, when they flowered profusely and were covered with humming hoverflies he admitted that these self-seeders have their uses!

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  • Seasons of mists...

    Date posted: Friday 11th September 2020

    Seasons of mists...

    Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;

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  • Wasp spider, looks like rain, peacocks, bees and off on hols

    Date posted: Tuesday 18th August 2020

    Wasp spider, looks like rain, peacocks, bees and off on hols

    This wonderful spider was snapped by Katie on plot 63f: ‘We have had an amazing Wasp spider in our lavender on plot 63F for the last month. Whilst apparently very common, we have never seen one before! And she is an amazing sight so I thought I would share…’ While appreciating the arachnophobic reactions that may been triggered among my readers,

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  • Front 'Pollinators' Patch' bed, paths, roads, beebox and pigeons

    Date posted: Tuesday 28th July 2020

    Front 'Pollinators' Patch' bed, paths, roads, beebox and pigeons

    The little front pollinator bed by the entrance is now bursting with plants attractive to pollinators and other insects and whenever I go in there are bees and butterflies foraging on the various flowers. Hindsight being a fine thing, I realise that the little eryngium at the back needs…

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