Today I finally got some time to get out into the new garden and try and make sense of what’s there.

plants emerging

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

planted lupins

Even willowherb has its compensations, of course – like elephant hawkmoth caterpillars, for instance. So I might let a few patches lurk around the edges.

elephant hawkmoth caterpillar

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.


3 Responses to Unearthing

  1. Charles says:

    We moved in in November and by March I was destroying the more obnoxious plants to get my veg beds in. However an awful lot of nice shrubs and plants emerged from the winter gloom so it is worth waiting a bit, but in summer you can see most of the interesting stuff. However you would kick yourself if you managed to dig up a spread of bluebells which are now invisible.

    Perfect time to sit outside with a drink “planning”.

  2. disgruntled says:

    Apparently the previous owners had hens, which destroyed most of what was in the garden, so there’s not much left

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