Sunday, February 27, 2011




It's really bursting out now and the colour is really deep.

Friday, February 25, 2011


I'm not sure which variety this is but it may be Highland Burgundy Red a pre 1936 tuber from Pennard Plants, Heritage and Heirloom seeds collection. It's certainly rather unusual.

Pennard Plants

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011


A gold for this Spring display at the RHS London Plant and Design Show.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lisbon memory

A welcome home coffee at Cafe Nero, as A is just back from Moscow. What a surprise when we saw that they are serving Pastei de Nata with the coffee. Not quite as good as as the 'real' thing in Belém but it brought back memories.

This is what it reminded us of.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Amaryllis going strong

A few of weeks ago some friends came for dinner and presented me with an amaryllis bulb. Like all bulbs it had the appearance of an onion - rather dry and with a papery covering. I didn't plant it immediately as I seemed to have no time, but now it's been growing for a couple of weeks and it has shot up, pushing out two juicy buds on sturdy stems and looking very healthy. I am keeping my fingers crossed that a) It doesn't 'over do it '; or b) I don't kill it off by neglect or over-indulgence. Let's hope I can post some more on the progress of the amaryllis.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Monday, February 07, 2011


The Malachite, siproeta stelenes, with its wings closed.

Sunday, February 06, 2011



The three 'phases' of the Achilles Morpho, morpho achilles, pt3

Saturday, February 05, 2011



The three 'phases' of the Achilles Morpho, morpho achilles, pt2

Friday, February 04, 2011




The three 'phases' of the Achilles Morpho, morpho achilles, pt1

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

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