Long slow spring…..

Today heard the first cuckoo, in the woods fringing Glen Garr. Was with HNC Countryside Management atudents and the last time I dragged them for a walk we saw the first swallows down on the Tay Estuary – so I think the class are my lucky spring charms. They do seem to expect

Long time no blog – winter went on and on, nothing much to report and I realise I am about to repeat everything I wrote about last year if I don’t watch out. Will try to be selective….. the apple mountain finally petered out late February, with the blackbirds getting the last of them. Andrew borrowed the Carse of Gowrie cider press and the crucial crusher and made 11 gallons of cider and perry – we are still drinking it and mist of it is truly excellent. We have added to the fruit trees in our garden about 11 apples, 3 or 4 pears including the famous Perthshire Jargonelle, and a couple of plums and a damson. They are all leafing out nicely.

Have made wild garlic pesto and earwigging to Radio 4 and the like tells me the whole world is making stuff with wild garlic these days! It’s much in demand from customers too. Bistort, nettles, ground elder, comfrey and ladies mantle have all been et – both in and out of Dock Puddings, and Solomon’s Seal has produced its delectable shoots. Magnificent!

Have not found any St. George’s mushrooms yet. We found a red Peziza type fungus the other day – Scarlet Elf Cup – which we’d not seen before. Inedible but very pretty. Nearby we found a lizard out basking, which reminds me – on a student trip to the Rhinns of Galloway a morning walk at Portpatrick yielded a BEAUTIFUL adder by the path, fulmars and nesting ravens, and a stoat.

 Well, a new season dawns, and my “pet” early potatoes called Bonnie Dundee (but labelled Claverhouse out of badness) are coming up….

2 thoughts on “Long slow spring…..

  1. I was doing a search on Pleurotellus porrigens, intrigued by its habitat restricted in the UK to the Scottish highlands. Walking in Carbisdale woods on Sunday, I came across an exquisite cluster among the pine needles. That is background as to how I found this site and Plants with Purpose – both a delight as I live in Crook of Devon and it was a joy to read your blog of living things around Perthshire and the adventures to go into discovering and rediscovering wild things. I’m so bad with identifying and naming, but enjoyed your light touch on this. thanks.

    • Rosie, you have reminded me to go looking for it – there hasn’t been much about recently, but I know where this one should be waiting for me! If you want help with identification give us a shout (or come on a workshop!) – but don’t worry, it’s always hard and there are still hundreds of species we wouldn’t be sure of…. enjoy your rambles. M

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