Category: Wychmoss – the Project

Wasps Nest

Three rather beautiful wasps nests. It’s late summer so the wasps have nearly vacated them now and the last few are hanging round the raspberry patch eating the last of… Read More

What’s up in the woodland garden

The last few days of glorious March sunshine have boosted the growth in the woodland garden. This is in a corner of the land always the last to be reached… Read More

Willow bark medicine ~ natural Aspirin

White willow catkins

All the willow that wasn’t coppiced back in February is now covered with pretty furry buds. Cut long stems and put them in a tall base for a dramatic Spring… Read More

Coltsfoot in March

Coltsfoot is one of the first spring flowers, after the snowdrops, with the flowers appearing first before the leaves. A wonderful herb for sore throats, it likes poor, dry, stony… Read More

Coppicing willow and hazel

Willow coppices Last weekend, mid February, I spent coppicing – cutting back my willow Salix spp. and hazel Corylus avellana. I have a large amount of willow, across several species,… Read More

Wychmoss update – Signs of Spring?

It may be mid-winter here at Wychmoss. with cold, crisp frosty days the norm, but Coltsfoot buds are appearing in warmer, sheltered spots on the edge of my woodland to… Read More

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.

Lady’s Smock (Cardamine pratensis)
Quote by Doug Larson
Picture by Monica Wilde

The Recycled House Project

Hopefully, sometime in 2011, we might build our house at Gowanbank. The last miserable, recession years have taught me a few things. One is to try to get out of… Read More

Three acres at Gowanbank

This is an aerial view showing the extent of the land. Google must have taken this 20 years ago as it looks treeless. However, there are very established trees all… Read More

Lady’s Smock – Cardamine pratensis

This is Lady’s Smock also known as Cuckoo Flower. It is a meadow and riverside field plant that flowers in the late spring. It is fabulous in salads as it… Read More