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Alastair Culham
Biodiversity-ist, Botanist, keen gardener and grower. Always ready for a challenge. Views expressed here are my own.
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Alastair Culham 7h
Green space & access to it has been especially important during
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Alastair Culham 8h
We'd only just cleared the cobwebs but this dragonfly still managed to pick up some web. I think a female common or ruddy darter. Any ideas ?
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Alastair Culham 8h
Architecturally lovely glasshouse but the planting was disappointing when I visited.
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Alastair Culham 24h
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Alastair Culham 24h
Is the double one twice as good as the single one ? 😁
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Alastair Culham 24h
Loads of weird things go in council seed mixes.
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Tom Knight Aug 6
Major love and respect to the Polish MP’s who co-ordinated their outfits to create a rainbow flag at the swearing in for their homophobic president Andrzej Duda 🏳️‍🌈
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Alastair Culham Aug 8
It's feverfew. One of the 'double' forms, I think. Used as a migraine cure. It looks rather like the cultivar 'White Wonder'. can probably give you some herbal history on this.
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Connecting Research Aug 7
When is the best time to water your plants during a ? has the answer:
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Alastair Culham Aug 6
Replying to @karenanya
Any chance of leaf photos for the white flower?
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Alastair Culham Aug 6
Replying to @BotanyKaren
I've had loads of cabbage white butterflies around but no caterpillars so far.
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Alastair Culham Aug 6
Replying to @BotanyRNG
For those of you who haven't grown Cleome hassleriana 'Violet Queen' I'd recommend it. It flowers from now until the frosts kill it and is loved by nectar feeding insects.
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Alastair Culham Aug 6
Part of the fun of gardening is what comes up unexpectedly. The term 'volunteer' is used for such plants. It's a lovely positive sounding term so typical of botany. This is my runner bean patch.
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Alastair Culham Aug 6
Replying to @eternalmagpie
My oldest PhD student completed his PhD age 83 and was still flying helicopters in his spare time. There's still hope for you !
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Alastair Culham Aug 6
Save trees from felling to make way for a new A3/M25 junction
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Alastair Culham Aug 5
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Alastair Culham Aug 5
In my conservatory this evening; Notocactus magnificus living up to its name - which is now Parodia magnifica 😁
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Alastair Culham Aug 5
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Alastair Culham Aug 5
Here is our ancient oak trunk in its new home - Thank you for organising this! Our oak may be dead but it has still has decades of use as a habitat for fungi, stag beetles and other treats of nature.
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Alastair Culham Aug 5
Replying to @NChaffey
Ha ha! 😂
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