Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 29

Today I am in Berlin for the launch of my new book.    Had a couple of hours to spare and sat in the sunshine by the river Spree.   I found an area of grass where people were sitting, … Continue reading

April 28

This crab apple blossom with its mass of white flowers and tiny red buds was startling against the dark hedge. It reminded me of the poem by A.E.Housman, except he was talking about cherry blossom.  

April 27

Now is the right time for making nettle soup.   The tender tips of the nettles are the best and the soup is delicious.    

April 26

Is this the definitive guide?  

April 25

Sometimes, like life really, things start with such promise and end with disappointment. I was sitting on a tree root at the edge of the river painting these wild flowers, yellow archangel, bluebell, primrose and speedwell. Then it rained.   … Continue reading

April 24

Bovey Heath is a fairly large area of damp heathland much covered with gorse scrub and birch trees.  Some interesting flowers including orchids are found there.  These are two low-lying, attractive tiny flowers, Common milkwort and Lousewort, that I found … Continue reading

April 23

Ramsons (wild garlic) are often found growing among the bluebells.  I love the white and blue together. Today I walked through the woods by the river Avon and there were carpets of these.   The river runs slowly there and … Continue reading

April 22

These three cornered leek are found a lot in Cornwall and occasionally in Devon. Their bright green leaves and white flowers are so fresh.  

April 21

The apple trees are in full blossom, I remember my trips to Wisley at this time of year when I was working on the Apple Book.  ’Young and easy under the apple boughs’ (Dylan Thomas) must surely speak to everyone. … Continue reading

April 20

The bluebells are now transforming the woods.  Every year I want to walk in the woods and smell the bluebells every possible moment there is as I fear it could be the last time. Have been thinking that for at … Continue reading