Roof bonsai

DAY 275 (5 JANUARY 2020) Roof moss (Farnham)

Watching Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens today reminded me that I always find bonsai plants interesting – though I’m never sure why. So I took a photo of these miniature moss clumps on our kitchen roof tiles. (Yes, we should do something about them!)

Note: when I say ‘I took a photo’, in fact my (much taller) husband actually took it as I couldn’t reach without a step ladder.

Mediterranean buds

DAY 272 (2 JANUARY 2020) Viburnum (Laurustinus tinus) (Farnham)

I am constantly amazed that I can still find new things to photograph in our small garden. The closed buds on this viburnum remind me a bit of the hydrangea in spring. Just discovered, too, that it’s native to Mediterranean maquis areas (which always makes me think of Corsica). But this one seems very happy providing cover for our noseless sculpture.

No lemurs though

DAY 271 (1 JANUARY 2020) Bamboo (see below) (Lodsworth, West Sussex)

I watched a documentary this evening about Madagascan lemurs that are endangered because of loss of their bamboo habitat. Thousands of miles away in rural West Sussex I was a bit surprised to see these ragged versions in abundance during a walk. There are so many kinds (and I don’t know which these are) but they have wonderful names like chimonobambusa and pseudosasa. Would have loved to see a lemur too…

New city

DAY 269 (30 DECEMBER) Moss (Bryophyta) (Farnham)

Take a branch or twig. Introduce the cold, to kill its pretty things. Bring on the nights. Call in the damp so that its stubs and dead fingers can only weep downwards into the mulch. Block hope. Then walk away, and give it days of its own. Look how, when it’s ready, it doesn’t mind you or me. Look how it makes a mockery of No. Look how it makes a new city of miniature green. (Copyright Jenny Rivarola)

NOT boring

DAY 268 (29 DECEMBER) Early virgin’s bower (Clematis cirrhosa) (Farnham)

Very happy to see these delicate drooping flowers in someone’s front garden today. They seem to come from the Balearic Islands and in Spanish are known as hierba muermera. Hierba is grass, but muermo/a means ‘boring’ so I can’t agree with that!

They’re from the clematis family and flower from November to April – how lovely.

Useful prickles

DAY 267 (28 DECEMBER) Holly & berries (Ilex aquifolium) (Farnham)

Today in Spain is El Día de los Inocentes, their equivalent of April Fool’s Day. But it’s no joke that holly leaves can act as miniature lightning conductors. So try standing under a holly tree in a storm?