Monthly Archives: January 2013

Winter flowers at Ecoworks

Today the Ecoworks Community Garden on the Hungerhill Allotments in St. Ann’s was displaying some handsome winter-flowering shrubs.  One was Cornus mas, the Cornelian Cherry :

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Also decked in bright yellow flowers was a Mahonia japonica :

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Neither of these two shrubs is native – Cornelian Cherry grows wild in France, and is naturalised in places in the UK, whilst Mahonia japonica is a garden plant native to Asia.  Although native species are generally most valuable for wildlife, winter-flowering shrubs such as these have a valuable role to play as early nectar sources for insects which have become active in mild weather in January – and with the climate increasingly unpredictable, this is an important function.  They look great too!

 

Wassail!

The old custom of wassailing fruit trees, in order to encourage a fruitful harvest the following autumn, can be experienced this Sunday (20th) at St.Anns Community Orchard.  There’s an activity day from 11am-4pm, to which all are welcome, and it’s free.  There will be a fire to fend off the cold!

Five-star invertebrate accommodation

This “Bug Hotel” at Dig-In Community Garden in Stapleford is hopefully providing overwintering refuge for a variety of invertebrates – especially important in these harsh weather conditions.

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Bug hotels are an easy way to re-use scrap materials to provide a valuable habitat feature…..every garden should have one!

Fungi in Bestwood Country Park

A walk in the woods at Bestwood Country Park felt more like March than the beginning of January, with unseasonably mild temperatures, birdsong, and a flush of deadwood fungi – unusually abundant for the time of year…..

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