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    Globe Thistle – Sat 29th July, 2023

    The pond is a green oasis. Under the surface are a forest of two oxygenators: hornwart and Canadian pond weed. It is difficult to see any animal life in the density of…

  • Reedmace. Sunday 16th July, 2023

    We had eight hours of rain on Friday. Most of it gentle, but heavy in patches. It was very welcome, after a dry week. The pond hardly looks any higher but our…

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    Veg Beds – Sunday 2nd July, 2023

    It is cooler but mainly dry. Any rain we have had hardly soaks into the soil. The wildflower bed is sad, the flowers gasping, the stems languid. Drought rushes plants through their…

  • Tropical Peru – 25th June, 2023

    Hot, dry weather and no sign of Thames Water. Will we see them this summer? They have to get borough permission to dig up the road. Is that in train? Well, expect…

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    Sowthistle – Sunday 18th June, 2023

    Sauvages de ma rue, wild things in my road, or in our case: plants just outside the fence. They are in the little soil that slips out of the garden into the…

  • poppies

    Poppies and White Campion. Sun, 11th June 2023

    The wildflower bed is a sea of red poppies; most have come out today as yesterday the scentless mayweed, that largish white daisy-like flower, held sway. Poppy flowers only last a few…

  • Corncockle June – Sunday, 4th June 2023

    We have quite a number tadpoles in our pond that have not developed into froglets. They should have done so by the this time of year, having been released from the spawn…

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    Derek – Monday, 29th May 2023

    Forest Gate Community Garden Monday, 29 May 2023 The last half of May has been dry, after a very wet April and March. The garden is still green as the earlier rain…

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    Derek – Sunday 21st May, 2023

    Forest Gate Community Garden Sunday, 21 May 2023 The bright yellow pond irises are out, catch ’em quick, some are already fading. There’s a pond in Epping Forest called the Lost Pond.…

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    Derek – Friday 12th May 2023

    Forest Gate Community Garden Friday, 12 May 2023   On Bank Holiday Monday, a group of volunteers, organised by the garden, planted out Earlham Bridge. After the planting, it rained overnight, giving…