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Holmwood, Greenhouse, Work Attitude

Sunday, 18 Mar 12 Partly Sunny 9°C / 48°F

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I should be in bed at the moment, but I’m not feeling tired. I’m still mulling over what was said by my colleagues in the pub on Friday. I do need to buck my ideas up at work and take more responsibility. There’s a lot more to those feelings, but for now, essentially, I need to be more focussed at work.

Tom and I had a lovely day out yesterday in Surrey. We took the train down to Holmwood, via Tulse Hill and Sutton. The atmospheric mist descended just as we walked into the dense deciduous woodland, giving me some fantastic photo opportunities. Fog always adds depth to a soft landscape, never failing to hide or show the right things.

I’m really getting into mosses and lichens, but haven’t even scratched the surface of their science. They’re something I’d like to get into, and I aim to know as much about them as I do about fungi, which is at least a scratch!

Tulips are rising on the list of passions currently. They’re so dazzling and diverse.

Today I repotted a lot of things, and caught up with everything that needed attention in the greenhouse and the 5×3m plot, so no guilt at all!

Photo 1: Holmwood woodland mosaic.
Photo 2: Sunday’s greenhouse work mosaic.
Photo 3: getting very excited about my Fritillaria uva-vulpis!
Photo 4: That spectacular multicoloured tulip!
Photo 5: Holmwood, something not included in the mosaic.



  • halhurst

    halhurst wrote:

    Great pictures!

    Posted on 19 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • KathN

    KathN wrote:

    Holmwood looks incredible!

    Posted on 19 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Thank you very much, halhurst and KathN. It was great! :)

    Posted on 19 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • redloon

    redloon wrote:

    Beautiful photos! I hope that things get better at work.

    Posted on 20 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Thank you redloon, they already have. :)

    Posted on 21 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • redloon

    redloon wrote:


    Posted on 21 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    It’s great to see the real interest you take in any new subject – now you’re into mosses and lichens, such a rich & diverse group you could probably spend the next 20 years studying without ever really exhausting the subject!

    Glad to hear that things are getting better for you at work! :-))

    I loved the photos you uploaded here but I have a query or two, in the photo mosaic of Holmwood woodland, is that a Bluebell I see just opening? I haven’t even seen a bud low down in any plant around here as yet. Therefore my surprise at seeing this one!

    In the other mosaic, the GH work on Sunday, what are the Hellebores,Tulips & Daffodil doing in it? Surely these hardy plants are in your garden, aren’t they? Wherever they are they are lovely! :-))

    Posted on 22 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • HollyBee

    HollyBee wrote:

    Lovely photos … thank you!

    Posted on 22 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Armorel

    Armorel wrote:

    Sending good vibes for effective focusing XXX

    Our bluebells are already opening far and wide, Amarylis, so we must be a bit ahead of the UK mainland.

    Posted on 22 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Amarylis, firstly, how pernickety! ;) Actually one tulip (the red and white one) is in my greenhouse because I bought it as a forced bulb from a florist and wanted to give it a little care. But you’re absolutely right, the other tulip, hellebore and daffs are all outside in the ground. Well noticed!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tralamander/6844180804/ <- that’s the full image of the bluebell. In the southeastern deciduous woodland we visited, there were a few of these dotted around, the first I’ve seen. All others I see about are barely budding at the base. Very strange.
    And thank you, bryology and lichenology are so fascinating and so complex, and I’m sure you’re right about the lasting interest.

    Thank you very much HollyBee. :)

    Armorel, glad to hear your bluebells are colouring the ground, but I wonder if there are any bulbs you can’t grow. I have heard from other Folians in zones 9 and 10 that they cannot grow some bulbs. And what about apples? Do you get a long/deep enough winter? :)

    Posted on 22 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • carms

    carms wrote:

    Oh dear, that doesn’t sound like very supportive, encouraging pub talk from your colleagues. What is happening? Is your passion and excitement causing you to be distracted easily so that you aren’t completing tasks? Perhaps this where the changing from a volunteer to an employee gets messy – expectations are greater. Still it seems unfair to knock the wind out of the sails of the new recruit. Ah well you seem to taking it on the chin and maturely taking it on board as constructive critism. Perhaps they can save it for work hours next time though!

    I have the odd blue bell just flowering now in my garden. My tulips however are taking their time. I am so impatient. :)

    Posted on 24 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    carms, believe me, It’s very supportive. The course that goes along with the apprenticeship is actually preparing me for a managerial role. Everyone says the right things at the pub.
    oh yes swapping from volunteer to employee was weird and tough. but I love it even more.r

    this week I have had the best work attitude so far.

    on a train and falling asleep right now

    Posted on 24 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

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