Industry in the garden

18 Jun
Coal tits feeding in the Greenup's pippins

Spot the birds: Coal tits feeding in a Greenup’s pippin apple tree

Amanda loves the early morning, when all’s quiet in the garden and she has a chance to stop and observe the creatures we share this beautiful place with.

Last week, she happened to be carrying her camera when she saw a gathering of coal tits in the Greenup’s pippins. She was especially happy to see them as they were busily feeding their young on her aphids!

Early mornings are also a time when she can take a few minutes to reflect and plan. On a recent stroll, when she was thinking about all the positive comments from visitors about the roof slates she has recycled into labels for the fruit trees, she decided to extend the scheme to include some of the more unusual and striking varieties of perennials.

Although the idea was hers, her handwriting is not up to the task, so her lovely volunteer Kat has taken up the pen once more. She’s been enjoying the job so much, she’s even taken slates home to write at night.

Here are some of the fruits of her labours…

Slate label: Angelica

Slate label: Teasel

Slate label: Globe thistle

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2 Responses to “Industry in the garden”

  1. Bill Paul June 18, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Really super! Why not make them available to buy? Could be the start of a new cottage industry! I’m sure they would be very popular.

    • Fletch the perchcrow June 18, 2013 at 11:26 am #

      Glad you like them – not sure we could find a steady enough supply to sell them though. Might need to send Amanda out at night with a ladder and a bag marked swag! Fletch x

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