A lone woodpecker and horizontal rain: field notes from the garden 17.12.17

Cold, damp, dark and defeated: if autumn is a slow exhale, then the depths of December days like this are the death rattle. And yet, whilst the garden matter sinks ever deeper into a natural stasis, birdlife continues. The abundance of tits, finches, blackbirds, pigeons and sparrows in the garden only highlights their increasing reliance… Continue reading A lone woodpecker and horizontal rain: field notes from the garden 17.12.17

The vernacular of snow

The vernacular of winter sees people always talking about a 'blanket' of snow.  But blanket somehow feels clumsy, drowning and inaccurate. Snow 'dresses' the outside world in a way that punctuates and accentuates. A few photographs of the garden dressed in beautiful snow on this cold December day.

Nocturnal silhouettes and glinting ice: field notes from the garden, 09.12.17

A day filled with snow and the unadulterated joy of a 3-year-old has postponed my garden solitude to the evening, but a nocturnal reverie provides the joy of new experience and perspective. The snow sits static all around me, lending an increased luminescence to life outside in these evening hours.  The sky above me is… Continue reading Nocturnal silhouettes and glinting ice: field notes from the garden, 09.12.17

A merle of blackbirds and sprouting bulbs: field notes from the garden 02.12.17

The first Saturday in December dawns warmer than the snow, frost and ice of last week’s cold assault. The flagstones in the garden are damp, yet this feels triggered neither by rainfall or frost.  It’s almost as if the earth has exhaled, and cold breath has hit a floor of blotting paper, where moisture has… Continue reading A merle of blackbirds and sprouting bulbs: field notes from the garden 02.12.17

8 evergreen plants to turn your winter garden from wasteland to wonderland

I arrived very late to the joys of evergreen plants, and having enjoyed my first winter experimenting with them in the garden last year, it’s difficult to fathom why it took me so long to be seduced by the un-deciduous. Limited daylight hours (especially for the commuting classes among us), the continued decay and stasis… Continue reading 8 evergreen plants to turn your winter garden from wasteland to wonderland

A dusting of snow and a skein of geese: field notes from the garden 25.11.17

A light dusting of overnight snow dresses the garden in half-hearted fashion: enough to be labelled as snowfall, but too little to silence the world in the way that a serious deluge manages so wonderfully to do. Some parts of the garden are dusted with white; others appear just as normal.  The flowerpots are all… Continue reading A dusting of snow and a skein of geese: field notes from the garden 25.11.17

Defiant birdsong and settled leaves: field notes from the garden 18.11.17

The welcome sound of birdsong demonstrates nature’s continual commitment to rail against the hard onset of true winter.  And yet in other places, frond-like fingers of stasis are slowly taking hold. I poke about in some of flowerpots atop the garden table.  Leaves are no longer moved through the garden with the skeletal skitter of… Continue reading Defiant birdsong and settled leaves: field notes from the garden 18.11.17

A solitary honey bee and awakened soil: field notes from the garden 11.11.17

The garden issues a false sense of warmth: the ferocity of some of the icy mornings in the past week skew my perceptions as I stand here, but this damp November morning is cool indeed. A solitary honey bee drifts purposefully into view, and inspects the pastel mauve of the vinca flower next to me. … Continue reading A solitary honey bee and awakened soil: field notes from the garden 11.11.17