October 2011

Amaranthus

Another plant ID required, this time, an out-of-focus picture of an Amaranthus: I don’t know what type it is though. From comparing on-line pictures, it doesn’t appear to be the […]

Exotic Amaryllis

I came across this plant while on holiday, there was a row of them planted along the path. I wanted to see what it was so I took a look […]

Agricultural India

Recently I went on holiday to India to see some fraction of the extended family. Indian families are so large that it is not possible to meet everyone you’re related […]

Here in the UK, the “clocks go back” an hour sometime this weekend and Summertime ends. I’ve always wondered what happened to late-night train timetables and buses, and TV schedules […]

Annual Biennials

A few of the hollyhocks I sowed around April this year have decided to make a mad-dash for it and try to grow, flower and set seed all in one […]

Coconut Palm

If there’s one plant that just screams “tropical” and “exotic”, it’s the coconut palm. Seen on countless holiday programs, the images of coconut palms lining beaches of the finest white […]

Unwelcome Visitors

There are a lot of visitors to my garden, birds, cats, bees, caterpillars, butterflies, even the odd frog. They’re all welcome, of course, the buzzing of bees busy among the […]

Re-potted the Palm

A couple of weeks ago, when the remnants of hurricane Katia came back across the Atlantic and ran over the top of Scotland, here in the south we experienced blustery […]