On a rather windy day with sporadic rain we set out into the Derby countryside looking for Bradley Nook farm, the home of Jay, a delightfully friendly farmer who was recently in the news and on Country file for rescuing his herd of "beef" cows by giving them away to Hillside animal sanctuary. This year … Continue reading Day out at Northern green gathering
This week we take a look at an unusual but very underrated herbaceous perennial ~ Oxalis tuberosa (Oca). Sprouting distinctive, clover-like leaves in spring, with crimson stems, oca makes for an attractive plant even when not in flower. Warm yellow flowers will bloom from mid to late summer, inspiring joy for anyone who notices them.
Many seeds are just as endangered as the most endangered animals on this planet, and in the last one hundred years over 94% of our vegetable seed varieties have been lost, replaced with mass marketed "resistant" varieties controlled by large seed companies such as Monsanto and Bayer seeds. This loss of genetic diversity is a … Continue reading Seed: The Untold Story
This week we are taking a look at an evergreen shrub that has been used by humans for centuries - Salvia officinalis (Sage). Flowering in summer, sage is a great addition to the garden not only for it's uses and it's value to wildlife but also for the beauty of its flowers and foliage. Let's take a closer look at this wonderful plant.
This week we take a look at a charming herbaceous plant ~ Lupinus (Lupine). With their distinct finger-like foliage, lupines provide wonderful texture and visual appeal even when they are not in flower. However, when they do bloom from late spring to midsummer, expect to see flower spikes in many different colours ranging from creams and yellows, oranges and reds, to pinks and purples. But it's not only visual beauty that lupines provide. Read on to learn more about this wonderful species.
Whether you want to attract more pollinators, take advantage of it's herbal properties or simply enjoy it's beauty, yarrow is a plant that can offer something for everyone in the garden.
Over the spring and summer of 2017 we have had the chance to work with Eastwood's Priory voluntary academy, teaching and learning at the wonderful Eco club which is run by two members of very dedicated staff, Laura Evans and Katherine Mucha. This has been a wonderful experience for us, as it has allowed us … Continue reading Forging bonds with nature – Children’s Eco club summer forest walk