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Crab apples flowering in Community Garden

Crab apples flowering

In April last year (2015), Sid Smailes planted five ornamental crab apple trees in the Community Garden in Powburn.

Well, after carefully tending them for over a year, they are now all flowering – and they look wonderful, with each tree showing a profusion of white flowers. I’m sure that in a few year’s time, once they’ve become really established, they are going to look even better. They certainly cheer up the community garden, which is a real asset to the residents of Powburn.

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Respite from the storms

Respite

Well, the past couple of days or so has seen a bit of a respite from the latest effects of storm Henry (Named on:30 January 2016; Date of impact on UK: 1-2 February 2016).

There have been some occasional blue skies in the Breamish Valley, the wind has abated a bit (which means I can now go out cycling again) and there are signs of Spring cropping up everywhere.

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Shaggy Scalycap

Shaggy Scalycap

Scientific name: Pholiota squarrosa

When out and about cycling along the Breamish Valley last week I passed a few oak trees along the road/lane from Brandon in the direction of Ingram, but before the Reaveley turnoff.

At the base of one of the oak trees was a couple of clumps of rather stunning mushrooms. The caps were bell-shaped/rounded, scaly and measured up to about 13-15cm in diameter.

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Rosebay Willowherb

Luminous flowers in the Breamish Valley

Now that Autumn has begun, this widespread wildflower is dispersing the last of its seed. It’s actually one of my favourite wildflowers – partly because it’s so easy to identify but also because of its bold, almost luminous, colours that seem to light up shady areas. It can be seen all the way along the Breamish Valley.

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Mimulus still flowering

Still many monkey-face flowers

You may recall that I’d discussed and photographed the Glorious Mimulus (monkey) flowers that were abundant along the River Breamish in June of this year (2015). Well…whilst there aren’t so many now, there are still plenty of mimulus still flowering.

If you look down to the river banks from the Branton footbridge, you can still (as at the second week in September) see the yellow monkey-face flowers.

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Sloe news day!

Sloe news: blackthorn fruit

Since the first flowering of blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) in Spring the Autumn can now boast a few handfuls of sloes – the fruit of the blackthorn.

Blackthorn is a deciduous shrub/tree growing to about 5m in height. Its very dark, almost black bark, and the profusion of large, stiff thorns give it its name.

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