Archive for 10/02/2013

The Cynical Gardener

I’ve not done a full blog for a while, I’ve been busy decorating, working and been a little unmotivated to be honest.

It’s mostly the weather you see, last years relentless wet weather appears to be continuing into this year. The snow we had has caused the ground to stay sodden, and when it did melt… the rain started.

Whats been happening in the garden since I last blogged….. well its rained…… lots, I have a disappointingly small amount of Snowdrops emerged, both my doubles and singles are struggling this year, I can only assume it is the combination of the cold, wet ground which has slowed them right down.  Also my Helleborus are very disappointing, mostly leaves with a few sorry-looking flowers battered by the weather.

My first Alpine Gardening Club meeting of the year was cancelled due to heavy snowfall and bad icy roads.  My big Hosta June split wide…

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The Beagle Project

Darwin did not have much to write about on the 10th, merely stating:

“Removed to a bay North of Orange Bay.” (Feb 10)

So I’ll use the opportunity to continue the story of the southern forests. Today – the story of a little yellow golf-ball shaped fungus that Darwin found growing on the trees. As it bears his name, it only seems fair that he should have the first chance to describe it:

“In the Beech forests, the trees are much diseased: on the rough excrescences vast numbers of yellow balls grow.— These are of the colour of yolk of an egg.— & vary in size from a bullet to a small apple.— in shape globular, but a little produced towards the footstalk or point of attachment. They grow both on the branches & stems in groups…

Sketch of Darwin’s fungus from Voyage of the Beagle:

Cyttaria darwinii


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PicPost: Great Garden @ Cambridge Botanic Garden

‘Since its opening in 1846, Cambridge University Botanic Garden has been an inspiration for gardeners, an exciting introduction to the natural world for families and a refreshing oasis for all our visitors. This heritage-listed Garden has been designed for both year-round interest and seasonal inspiration so, whenever you visit, you will find plants to intrigue and enchant.’

My Botanical Garden

8th February is the Slovene Cultural Holiday, named after our biggest poet, Prešeren’s day.At that day the most important cultural achievements and the greatest artists in Slovenia are awarded. This year laureate in category life’s work is illustrator Marlenka Stupica.  Generations of kids grew up with her books, she offered beauty to each childhood. Part of this beauty came from great love for natural detail.My Botanical Garden is expressing, at this occasion, the greatest respect and profound admiration to Ms Marlenka Stupica’s work.Congratulations

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While on a walk the other day, I encountered many unique tree characters.  It seems that at each new turn or bend, I met another strange but beautiful tree creature.  I made sure to document my findings and have provided them for you below.  What tree creatures live in your neck of the woods?

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