Category Archives: Gardens

Buying a Farm


To say someone had ‘bought the farm’ or ‘bought the plot’ or simply ‘bought it’ has had morbid connotations, for airmen in particular, since World War 1. It meant dying as a result of a crash or of being shot … Continue reading

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Falling Damp and Yucky Squirmy Things


We have had days and days of torrential downpour. At first I was happy when our porta-pool, sadly depleted by a burst pipe, filled up again. Then it became ridiculous. Not to mention, cold. Even now that deluges have moderated, … Continue reading

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Naming arose amazingly


          Ark(enaton) of A Tale Unfolds posted an attractive rose picture and confessed that he didn’t know the variety.  This comment string ensued: colonialist says: March 12, 2017 at 16:16 You petunia to the occasion just … Continue reading

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Granny (Dilly) Botany you’d Guava not know …


When with a passion fruit you miss Try Passiflora edulis Dad with a taste for motoring* The guavadilla’s praise will sing These yellow be and may be tarter Variety is flavi car pa*. What is the favourite recipe for this? … Continue reading

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Granny Grows Naughty


Wordle 284 from The Sunday Whirl. Only eleven words this week for me to use in order and cause to rhyme. That helped to keep it short and simple. If you recognise the plant, you probably have a misspent youth! The crooked grandmother … Continue reading

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Reap purposes in pictures


The current topic for the Weekly Photo Challenge is Repurpose and I have dredged a couple of topics out of older posts to show for it — because they fit, and because I can! © January 2017 Colonialist

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Time of Year to Fly a Kite


The Yellow-billed kite Milvus aegyptius parasitus takes a holiday up in north Africa between breeding sessions, and returns from about August onwards to get back to business. At first, groups of them are common, but as summer gets into gear … Continue reading

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