Monday, May 5, 2014

Garden and maintenance at holiday cottage near Edinburgh

1.6.2014
wild geranium


6.5.2014 Cooking apple tree
Take a few for an apple pie.

Another seating area in the back garden, overlooking a tree peony

Solomans seal and tulip


Front garden 5.5.2014
Soloman's seal

Tree peony buds


4.5.2014
Back garden seating


Wild Greengage espalier



12.3.2014
Grass cutting in the sun

Strimming



 Back lawn 10.3.2014

Enclosed Back garden


                                                             Leading to 15 acre woodland, 
                                     with a burn, badger and wildlife hide, rustic woodwork gallery.
Lots of nesting birds, butterflies, etc.
Great for relaxing after a day in Edinburgh.

Cooking apple tree in blossom
May 2013

2 steamer chairs, croquet, B.B.Q.
Also covered area (pergola type) with Harvesters table and benches
Table, chairs, parasol (ashtray - smoking outdoors only).





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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Woodland. Wild flowers. Meadow. Bluebell wood. Snowdrops

3.5.2014
Native bluebells



Lesser celandine 17.3.2014



Snowdrops 8.2.2014

 in holiday cottage woodland lane 2.2.2013
still there 19.3.2013




Guardian 12.5.12 " whatever our age. Socio-biologists have revealed that there are powerful psychological benefits to spending time in natural environments and that the people in their tests underestimated just how invigorated, peaceful and good they would feel after something as simple as a walk in a woodland…"

Sarah Raven BBC2 8.2.2012 "Bees, butterflies and blooms":-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b013pw23

Red Cross First Aid
Don't be tempted to eat plants and mushrooms you don't know.

Two of our bluebell areas
Nature's calendar:-
http://www.naturescalendar.org.uk/wildlife/factfiles/flowers/bluebell.htm


Some of our meadow flowers:-
  • yellow vetch
  • self heal
  • 3 types orchid
  • orange hawkbit
  • clover
  • scarlet pimpernell

Some of ourWoodland plants:-
  • lesser celandine
  • bluebell
  • snowdrop
  • ferns
  • dog's mercury
  • lesser stitchwort
  • meadowsweet
Mushrooms:- Puffball, shaggy ink cap, dryad's saddle
mushroom identification

Dandelions



Many grasses, rushes.
Wild Fruits:-
raspberries,  strawberries, brambles, elderberries, gooseberries, white currant.
Wild rose, honeysuckle.
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These rocks at the base of the silver birch trees were from
the old Donibristle aerodrome runway near Hillend, Fife.
The moss and trees have grown over them in the last few decades
and they form the link from the back Orchid meadow to the upper campers' meadow pitches.
The deer regularly use this route.