Today I finally got some time to get out into the new garden and try and make sense of what’s there.
They say you should wait a year before attempting to change anything in a new garden – giving yourself a chance to discover what is waiting to emerge, where the sunny spots are, and the sheltered spots. So I’m confining myself to pulling up the obvious weeds (nettles and willowherb mostly, although there is one bed of mostly ground elder…) and letting the bones of the garden emerge, along with some hidden plants.
Although of course, I couldn’t resist putting a few waifs and strays in that had been waiting patiently in pots since the plant swap …
Even willowherb has its compensations, of course – like elephant hawkmoth caterpillars, for instance. So I might let a few patches lurk around the edges.
And this morning I spotted these things lurking in the grass beneath a tree:
After some back and forth between Twitter and Google, they would appear to be grey puffballs, Bovista plumbea, smaller than the giant white football type puffballs I’ve seen occasionally down south. And, entertainingly, named after the German for ‘fox farts’, apparently.
Twitter gets a bad rep for trolling and twitterspats, and I can’t always disagree – but finding out stuff like that puts it right back in my good books again.