The companionway steps are visible and usable again after I cut back stuff that was growing onto and over them. Ferns, bugle, and mosses will grow back during the rest of the year.
I think this is Cape Thread-moss/Orthodontium lineare. It is growing on an old fence post in the top west corner of the garden. There is quite a bit more of it than there was when I first found it in November 2014. It’s one of my favourites.
Yesterday and today we have had frosty mornings followed by warm sunshine as the day progressed. I have been digging out large fuchsia roots from the low corner of the garden where the pond is. Some of them are rotten and were easy to cut through with my spade. Others required much levering and yanking. Mucky, tiring work but enjoyable with plenty of rests sitting on the wall with my face to the sunshine.
Walking up the garden to put tools away in the shed I spotted Boggy Brae’s first open dandelion of the year—sunshine on a stalk!
5 February 2019
The first few wind and rain battered Lesser Celandines are showing at the western edges of the flood plain of the McAuley Burn near where it enters the Gare Loch. This was also the first day I heard Song Thrushes this year. The same date as last year. In 2011 and 2016 that date was 4 Feb. In 2009 and 2010 it was 10 Feb.