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Members' Blogs - Week 6 of Lockdown


This photo taken specifically for Peter and Margaret to remind them of the plant that I should have taken a cutting from. At one stage I remembered its name, once again forgotten though. Can anyone help? (Maybe next year Peter).

A double rainbow past our old ménage.

The first hatch of the year.

Some lichen growing on an old piece of wood.

Shocking weather plus the puppy have destroyed most of my new tulips, couldn’t bring myself to photograph the devastation


All the acers looking colourful in the sunshine.

A shady corner with ferns and hostas looking cool!


Mr William Wharto hiding in the bushes but loves the view!!!


A photo of my rock garden.


My garden.


Can anyone ID this plant that popped up among my ferns recently? Interesting 3-part leaf construction, but is it a friend or foe?


While out for my walk yesterday I saw lots of different wild, white plants on my way to Cong Burn woods at Chester-le-Street/Waldridge. The woods were also full of bluebells, maybe not as many as Houghall but still lovely. The wild garlic was out but it was too far away and down too steep a bank for me to photograph it.


I mentioned last week that I was starting to get a little nervous about my potatoes. Some good news. See photo below where the lates are making an appearance.

But the second earlies are still not showing. They are Charlotte's and the seed tubers were extremely small so I am somewhat concerned. Here's hoping!

The photos this week are of:

1. A new Beaver Lodge near the boat house on the Wear in Durham. I am amazed no one else seems to have noticed it.

2. The Lathyrus Verna is a lovely smallish perennial. I have include it as an example of how things can be different from one year to the next and why gardening can be so frustrating. Last year for the first time it was devastated by slugs and snails which just munched it off at ground level as it emerged. This year no trouble. Why?

3. A photo from our garden of a golden leafed form of Metasequoia which we planted about 12 years ago and which is on its way to the sky.

Metasquoia's were considered extinct until around 1943 a small population was found in China so it is a living fossil species. It is under threat in the wild due to deforestation but is now planted extensively in arboreta around the world. There is probably one in the Botanic Garden but not this golden leafed variety. Its a vigorous grower and in years to come (if not cut down) may well become a mark in the landscape of Nevilles Cross.

Peter and Margaret

Taken on a a walk through the woods that are  five minutes from our house.

1. The path, with not a bird but a strange shaped piece of wood in the middle.

2. The childrens' den which changes day by day.

3. This year's pine cones.

4. May blossom in May!