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Abi Duffy – Conservation Trainee Butterfly species are significant indicators for helping us understand the health of the environment and its ecosystems – that’s because butterflies respond rapidly to changes in habitat and climate. By recognising how butterfly populations are faring we can better appreciate how the wider environment is doing. Butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) […]

via Colouring in the summer — The official blog for the North York Moors National Park

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Apple trees branches covered in patches of white, woolly fuzz? What you’re seeing is a woolly aphid infestation . These pests can be controlled by spraying a few applications of horticultural oil spray (preferably a natural oil based product rather than a petroleum oil based one) 7 days apart, it suffocates them quite effectively, and […]

via Apple Tree Diseases and Planting Location — Deep Green Permaculture

Great list from Tim Gill on giving kids more freedom in a recent edition of UK Huff Post. Each of the 9 items listed in the article will help kids blaze a trail to greater freedom. Together they are a powerful recipe for fun, discovery and stretching limits. I’m supplementing Tim’s list with 3 additions […]

via Kids and Freedom – Tim Gill’s HuffPost 9 Plus 3 from PlayGroundology — PlayGroundology

If you are like many people, coloring with crayons is a clear memory from childhood. Most of us had crayons in our desk at school, as well as at home. Crayons are the perfect art medium for children, and some professional artists even use crayons to create incredible works of art. Are you a fan…

via A Brief History of Crayons — Outside The Lines

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Let’s continue our visit to Mettawa Manor, the garden of Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra. For me, the highlight of the trip was wandering through their 20-acre Tall Grass Prairie.

via Prairie in the Garden: Mettawa Manor Part II — gardeninacity

Just about the entire northern hemisphere is in the grip of a prolonged heatwave, with wildfires raging and people dying. There’s disagreement on how much climate change is to blame, but a consensus that damaging heatwaves will become more frequent, and we really ought to do some planning for that now – changing the way…

via First pick your blueberries — The Unconventional Gardener

I think that a walk through a beautiful flower filled garden has the same kind of therapy as a day off. While visiting my Parents in England I am getting to explore some of the beautiful gardens the countryside has to offer. The two of us spent a whole afternoon walking around West Acre Gardens […]

via A walk through West Acre Garden in Norfolk — Janaline’s world journey

At the beginning of this year I made several resolutions in a post titled 9 ways I’ll improve my gardening in 2018. At the top of my list was to be tidier in the garden, something that has always challenged me. Shortly before writing that post, I had read a famous book called ‘The Life […]

via A post about pots — Edinburgh Garden Diary

Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest markets in London. This ornate 19th-century covered Victorian market is located in the historic center of London’s financial district, just around the corner from Bank station. Leadenhall Market is definitely one of London’s hidden gems. This market has sold meat and fish as far back as far as […]

via Leadenhall Market, the film location of Diagon Alley — Janaline’s world journey

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So Judy and I just raised our first Monarch butterflies to adulthood. We were nervous about trying, but then we read that only about 5% of Monarch caterpillars in the wild make it to adulthood. We figured we could do better than that.

via Our First Home Grown Monarch Butterflies — gardeninacity

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