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The Hawthorn Tree

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As I was coming home tonight, I photographed this hawthorn tree at the end of my road.


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Blank verse

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Progress with our pond

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Here's the pond from another angle. The big news is that the dwarf waterlily has put out a new leaf.


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Mutants

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I hear a lot about mutant but I don't get it. I didn't even know ants could talk

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Caper Spurge

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 14 May 2021, 22:41

This rather unusual plant is growing in my garden. I didn't plant it and didn’t know what it was, but having recently found out about the astonishing Bing visual search “Name that plant” I uploaded a photo and got my answer. 


It’s not clear whether it is a British native plant. It seems to originate from the Mediterranean region and South Asia, and so it might be a garden escape. Although it is poisonous and has a somewhat sinister appearance, it is cultivated for its unusual “architecture” as one web site described  it and you can buy seeds from garden centres.

Its botanical name is Euphorbia lathyris. Euphorbia are a large(ca. 2000) genus of flowing plants, ranging in size from a few centimetres up to large trees. They all exude a milky poisonous sap, latex, which seems to have evolved as a defence against plant eaters (although it's said goats are immune, maybe that's why it's caper spurge).

There are other spurges you might see in your garden; common spurge, a weed of flower borders, and sun spurge which is it bigger cousin, which I think is a native wild flower but is also cultvated for its intriguoing and decorative appearance.

The common name spurge comes from the plant's traditional use as a purgative.



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My Pirate Past

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At one time I was an international boat-napper. It’s an unusual occupation, but basically I used to take rowing boats and hold them to ransom.

I remember one episode in Scandinavia, where people with names like Lars, Magnus, Gerd and so on all had dinghies pulled up on the beach next to their chalets. With so many to choose from it was a difficult decision, but finally I took the hull by Bjorn’s.

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A song in my heart

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I’ve had a musical pacemaker fitted and now I wake each morning with a song in my heart.

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A Result!

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Won a gardening competition yesterday. Behind at one point, but luckily I had an acer up my sleeve.

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Pablo Picasso

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 22:41

This rather stylish shoe is named ‘Pablo Picasso’.


Inspired by it I dashed off the following lyrics

It's one for the Monet

Two for Tissot

Three to get Redon

Now Gaugin go.

Well you can do anything but don’t tread on my blue suede shoes.

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Dad Joke

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Q. How do cats make their morning coffee?

A. With a purrcolator.

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One Liner

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 7 May 2021, 02:59

Last night I ate like a pig. Mind you swill is a bit of an acquired taste.

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The Magic Pond

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A creative friend has created a magical garden-within-a-garden. We bought most of the plants, the pond liner and some of the materials, but we also scavenged a lot of cobbles and the wonderful Cornish limestone slabs you can see. We currently have a drought locally, so the pond is not filled yet.


This miniature pond is designed to be soothing to the eye and spirit, but also to act a wildlife sanctuary for a variett of small animals, We had hardly finished when this young hedgesparrow came really close to us. LIke robins they follow the gardener.


At night the area appears magical.



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Homage to Ogden Nash

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Of all the philosophic twists

Here's the one that most persists

Why does the Universe exist at all

When not existing would be more economicall

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Nursery Rhyme

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 29 Apr 2021, 01:06

There were two birds sat on a bough

If they’ve not gone they’ll be there now.


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One liner

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There’s a popular garden centre near here where what plants you get is decided at random. It’s called Taking Pot Luck.

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One liner

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In school I remember we did a vocabulary test one day. When we came to the word adhesive most of us were stuck.
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When the Angel of Death came

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I’ve been fretting about a poem with this title for years and maybe coming close

When the Angel of Death arrived,

It was a Hummingbird at my ear.

I was astonished, and said, I thought you’d have strong wings, to carry me.

No no it replied, I am here to enchant and to guide,

Your wings alone shall bear you up,

 Let me help you emerge.

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One-liner

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 27 Apr 2021, 20:53

My grandson writes:

I have cat-like reflexes. Whenever I see a cat I instantly like it.


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Cherry Blossom

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These cherry trees stand at the front of my house.

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Five Rose Petals

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 24 Apr 2021, 23:52

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. 

A rose is a rose is a rose.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses.

He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.

It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.

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"I watch your face" - A napkin haiku

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Shrub Advice

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Laurel. Very Hardy.

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Daffinition

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resonance, n.

Ants trapped in amber.

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Woodland Ferns

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Our garden has a small patch of woodland, with thriving trees but the ground level plants are limited, apart from snowdrops and celandines.

So we've started working on widening the number of species, beginning with some ferns. We have acquired five kinds, three native to this country, one from China I think, and one from New Zealand. Some are deciduous so their foliage dies back in autumn, others retain their leaves throughout the seasons.

Ferns tend to like shade, but in varying degrees, so we've been trying to match their position carefully to their preferences. Not sure we have it right, it's a difficult judgement, but they can be moved later if necessary.

Not all in the ground yet, but the photo gives an idea of what we are aiming at.



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Haiku of Disappointment

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I was planning to mail you
Some salad but I
Couldn't post the lettuce.

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