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RPA Nature Blog by Jenny Bourne

  • 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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  • New Pond on the Block, Kestrel Pair, Butterflies, Jersey Tiger and paths

    Date posted: Thursday 16th July 2020

    New Pond on the Block, Kestrel Pair, Butterflies, Jersey Tiger and paths

    There’s a new pond on the block! Tracy’s finally finished a project that was thought through at every stage and took a while to complete, with great attention to different depths and lining to create a splendid wildlife pond

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  • National Insect Week, hot birds and RIP

    Date posted: Tuesday 30th June 2020

    National Insect Week, hot birds and RIP

    Last week was National Insect Week. Days of temperatures in the low 30s and too hot for me to go to the plot during the heat of the day! I went up one morning at 7.30am and others were leaving; my neighbour had been watering for an hour before I got there! But perfect for the bees, butterflies and other sun loving insects.

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  • Bees, cinnabar moths, more bees and Squirrel Nutkin

    Date posted: Tuesday 16th June 2020

    Bees, cinnabar moths, more bees and Squirrel Nutkin

    Lockdown week 12 and the social distancing guidelines between bees, other insects and flowers continue to be ignored – flagrant rule breakers! June has brought a mix of warm sun, humid overcast days and a few heavy, thundery showers. The rain gauge was up to 13mm on Sunday,

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  • World Bee Day, May and loveliest of seasons...

    Date posted: Wednesday 20th May 2020

    World Bee Day, May and loveliest of seasons...

    It’s World Bee Day today! Let’s hear it for all the bees, bumble, honey, solitary and all those wonderful pollinators that keep us in fruit and vegetables! And good news for my partner, Jem who’s just got a call to say that his ‘NUC’,

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  • Lockdown Week 4

    Date posted: Friday 17th April 2020

    Lockdown Week 4

    Almost at the end of Lockdown week 4 and we’re still waiting for those April showers! After an Easter weekend of temperatures in the 20s it’s become more like April ‘in the olden days’ – warm, not midsummer heat, light cloud, gentle breezes and a few perfect days, before it’s become overcast, cooler and so far, a few drops of rain.

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  • What is this life, if full of care.... butterflies and pond life

    Date posted: Monday 30th March 2020

    What is this life, if full of care.... butterflies and pond life

    This blog is going to focus only on all the positives – what’s going on in the natural world on and around our allotments site this early springtime. So many funny, witty, inventive, thought provoking and inspirational video posts on my WhatsApp from choir members and ex-colleagues, keeping spirits up through the first week and into the second of lockdown.

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  • Rainwater harvesting, love is in the pond, Slinky Malinky mark 2, blackbird bath and count the ladybirds

    Date posted: Wednesday 18th March 2020

    Rainwater harvesting, love is in the pond, Slinky Malinky mark 2, blackbird bath and count the ladybirds

    This dreadful and alarming covid-19 pandemic is taking up all the headlines; almost everyone is sensibly abiding by health experts’ guidelines and advice, but going up to our plots is something many of us are hoping we can continue to do. Out in the fresh air, keeping 2 metres distance from our fellow plotholders and rigorous hand washing regimes are now the order of the day.

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