A common brimstone, harbinger of Spring

Today I could take a pic of a common brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni, basking in the sun on flower-bud of my Clematis ‘Mme le Coultre’. It was not quite awake, so gave me plenty of time of take very close shots. Then it flew away. An incredibly hairy creature!

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The siskins are back!

The siskins have arrived in papi Jo’s garden! First ever visit was 2 years ago, in early March. They finally found their way to my garden again this year … and of course to the enticing fat balls hanging in my Everest crab-apple tree. Lovely colours, exp. in the males, but very aggressive towards the…

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Spring is in the air!

Today is the first day of the Meteorological spring! Meteorological seasons are instead based on the annual temperature cycle and measure the meteorological state, as well as coinciding with the calendar to determine a clear transition between the seasons. The meteorological seasons consist of splitting the seasons into four periods made up of three months…

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Lasagna gardening

Papi Jo’s garden is being enlarged… by a couple of square meters… It is merely a matter of trimming a corner of the lawn to move a few plants forward and create a small path in this mixed border which has become very wide. So, usual treatment, namely lasagna. I think it has a little…

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Papi Jo’s Xmas tree for 2019

My Xmas tree this year is called Malus ‘Evereste’. As you can imagine, it took many hours of labour to hang the thousands of those lovely Apple Pendant Xmas Tree Hanging Decorations. I hope you like the result.

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