Clifden Nonpareil

by Paul Southall on 16th October 2019
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This Clifden Nonpareil, or Blue Underwing, was an unexpected but welcome addition to the moth list last night. A Red Underwing gives a size comparison.

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Comma Butterfly

by Paul Southall on 15th October 2019
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This Comma butterfly was enjoying some of this years rare October sunshine. It was feeding on ivy flowers in a farm hedge, and preparing to hibernate before breeding next spring.

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Halloween is coming!

by Paul Southall on 10th September 2019
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Here's a line-up of our main pumpkin and squash varieties. We have about 10 squash and 15 pumpkin varieties to cover the range that our customers require. After a good growing season we now have a fair few super monsters lurking under the pumpkin leaves and as those leaves die back the fields will turn into a sea of orange.

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Roe deer

by Paul Southall on 2nd September 2019
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It was great to this Roe deer family over the weekend.

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Beans, beans, beans!

by Paul Southall on 15th August 2019
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 Thank you Ellie for sending these photos of our beans in action. The 3 plates on the left show a purple bean colour test: the top plate has boiled beans, the middle ones were steamed and those on the bottom plate were stir fried in a little oil. The bean salad on the right is seriously delicious and ideal for a light Summer meal (dry white wine and crusty bread obligatory companions!).

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4 Pumpkins

by Paul Southall on 8th August 2019
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Had a look this afternoon in one of our pumpkin patches. I spotted this plant that has 4 good-sized pumpkins set on it already. Normally this variety would give us one or maybe 2 big fruits so it could be a good pumpkin season coming up!

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Squash on the way!

by Paul Southall on 6th August 2019
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These squash may be yellow at the moment but by the middle of September they should be a deep orangey-red colour! We've got a number of different squash varieties growing away to make up our Mixed Squash pack for the Autumn.

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Jewel Wasp

by Paul Southall on 31st July 2019
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This Jewel Wasp, Hedychrum nobile, is a new farm species this year, and only the second record for Worcestershire. It is parasitic on the digger wasp Cerceris arenaria.

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Swallows

by Paul Southall on 25th May 2019
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Putting in a fly through flap has allowed a pair of Swallows to nest in our shed, whilst maintaining security.

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Cuckooflower etc.

by Paul Southall on 3rd May 2019
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Two interesting spots today include a Cuckooflower or Lady's Smock which has the small orange eggs of the Orange-tip Butterfly laid upon it. The lower picture shows a medieval hand made gun flint for an early flintlock gun.

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