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Where are the Amisfield Chocolate Mines?
Where are the Amisfield Chocolate Mines?
Brilliant blue sky and bright warm sunshine brought out the solitary bees at Amisfield this morning. There were two particular bees that I was looking for, the Chocolate Mining Bee and the Marsham’s Nomad...
More close liaisons at Amisfield
More close liaisons at Amisfield
Three very different types of close liaison between different species at Amisfield came to my attention recently. Two of them were new records for East Lothian, which makes them particularly special.   The first...
Kissing is in season at Amisfield
Kissing is in season at Amisfield
It is March and the signs of spring are getting stronger.  The chaffinches have joined the greenfinches and song thrushes in full song.  A pair of long-tailed tits are regular visitors to the bird...
Bird’s Nests in February
Bird’s Nests in February
Today I was weeding the vegetable beds and enjoying the warm winter sun reflected off the south-facing wall.  Robins were in full song and the great spotted woodpecker was drumming on hollow trees in...
Why are we losing our marbles?
Why are we losing our marbles?
To increase diversity we planted the ‘biodiversity hedge’ with native species a few years back.  So, there are now about 20 species of trees and shrubs there.  But it is not just the trees...
Abstract Art at Amisfield
Abstract Art at Amisfield
The new building is almost complete and there was some talk recently about the possibility of using the building to display works of art to promote the garden.  Then another volunteer showed me a picture...
Battle of the Bees in the Borders
Battle of the Bees in the Borders
The long herbaceous border at Amisfield is looking fantastic now.  But like all good things, it has created jealousies and a newcomer to the garden is beginning to through his weight around.  No, this...
On Snails, Anvils and Evolution
On Snails, Anvils and Evolution
Whilst clearing snowberry from the woodland area outside Amisfield garden Laurence and I came across several thrushes’ anvils.  These are stones on which song thrushes bash open snail shells so they can eat the...
Robbery in the Garden
Robbery in the Garden
There has been a spate of blatant daylight robberies at Amisfield recently and I was witness to many of these irresponsible acts the last time I was in the garden. There are several plants...
When you are stuck in a hole
When you are stuck in a hole
There were lots of things I could have written about this week.  They say that spring has not arrived until you can put your foot over seven daisies – or is it twelve?  Whichever,...
Daft Ducks
Daft Ducks
The talking point in the garden this week was the duck (a mallard) sitting on a nest that she has made in the middle of one of the flower borders not a million miles...
Digging for Worms
Digging for Worms
The peace and quiet of the garden today was disturbed by heavy machinery digging the foundations for the new building.  After so many years of hoping for the new building it is great to...
Constants in a time of change
Constants in a time of change
It is the time for changing of the guard at Amisfield.  There were two redwings in the garden this morning, the last of the winter visitors preparing for their flight north (probably to Iceland)...
Common Striped Woodlouse
Common Striped Woodlouse
In the wildflower meadow at Amisfield there are several pieces of wood left lying in the grass.  I often lift these over to see what is lurking beneath. Today there was the usual mix...
Wolves and Zebras in the Garden
Wolves and Zebras in the Garden
Coldest morning of the year so far.  Everything in the garden frozen solid, but bright sun and clear blue sky.  Plenty of bird song with the first greenfinch and chaffinches joining the robins in...