Pilfering Parakeets

No, I have not been gallivanting around the world again.  This “glamorous oriental stranger”, to employ a description used by the great David Attenborough, is a rose-ringed parakeet and is now a regular visitor to our bird feeders in Broadstairs. Few things give me greater pleasure than sitting in the warmth of our dining room, […]

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Beautiful Stranger – Beschorneria yuccoides

This weird and wonderful creature is Beschorneria yuccoides, a rare but hardy yucca-like plant, flowering in our seaside garden last year. Its bluish-green leaves and 8ft long flower stalk, covered in bright green and red flowers, made it quite a talking point – even if it did take up half the garden for half the […]

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Snails and other pests

Mercifully, our little patch is remarkably immune from attack by plant pests and and diseases.  The last two winters have put paid to the aggressive lily beetle, not so cunningly disguised in its bright red armour.  Many a morning have I ventured into the garden to pick off and squish these highly visible bugs, which […]

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