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The beauty of leaves

Flowers are often the focus when we think about gardens, and when we photograph them too. Leaves, seeds, grasses and bark, although beautiful, interesting and photogenic, are neglected by comparison. Continue reading “The beauty of leaves”

A sluggish start to the New Year

At the end of each year, many people comment on how fast the year went by: “where did the time go?” So a sluggish start has much to recommend it. Early one cool and damp morning, two African banana slugs in a large fern outside the bedroom window showed me the way. Continue reading “A sluggish start to the New Year”

Do not disturb: Let parts of the garden grow itself

In the wild, grasslands and woodlands grow themselves without any help from us. To an extent (and in miniature) we can mimic this in our suburban gardens. Continue reading “Do not disturb: Let parts of the garden grow itself”

The garden’s magic carpet: Fallen leaves

Leaves are sometimes called the food factories of green plants. In the complex process of photosynthesis, leaves absorb sunlight and this energy is used to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen gas. Not only does this process provide food for the plant itself, but ultimately supports all life on Earth. The nutrients in plants and the oxygen gas released by plants are the basis of the food that we eat and the air that we breathe.

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