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Thursday, 13 March 2008

Spring & the High Weald Landscape Trail.

In the entry last December under "More path clearing.." I jokingly wrote, "This once hopelessly overgrown path, used to be difficult to walk. Now it is getting like a municipal park. I'll be planting wild flower beds next....... now there's an idea!"

Well, many a true word spoken in jest! In the foreground you can see the foxgloves that I planted some months ago. They are from wild plant seeds that were collected last year from my garden and grown on in a seed tray. Don't be surprised if you see cowslips too from the identical source, where last year were bracken and brambles!

In a small pond in my garden, frog spawn is developing external gills very nicely. Decades ago, a larger pond that I dug contained 46 pairs of mating frogs -- that's 92 frogs that I counted. The noise was like a motorbike exhaust! This year and the year before, the larger pond had none! So I am pleased to see this spawn doing well. A mild winter last year caused early spawning and later frosts killed off such developing tadpoles. This pond is small enough to cover with fleece, if such a threat returns this year.

The ugly lump in the middle is a water lily that got overgrown, was hauled out last Autumn, chopped in half and flopped back. Native marsh marigolds are doing well. Parrot's feather has been removed and composted years ago.

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In the woods, wood anemones, wood sorrel and other plants are emerging.

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