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.
Just like last year, the Daisy (Bellis perennis) is the first plant to flower in the Boggy Brae garden this year.
I can feel a daisy gallery coming on but first another tiny but winter-noticeable plant from today: Waved Silk-moss (Plagiothecium undulatum), photographed at the bottom of the garden where I was working earlier.
The following two photos of the same species were taken at the top of the garden in November 2014. They show the waviness.
Springy Turf Moss (Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus) is plentiful on the Boggy Brae. It makes up a good proportion of our back lawn and winter is the time of its forte while the grasses rest. Its English name fits it perfectly.
As its name suggests, Springy Turf Moss grows in extensive turfs when it gets the chance. Below, a tree and some of its surrounding turf have been uprooted, and the height or length that the moss’s shoots grow to can be appreciated.
Healthy turfs look like this from above…
…and like this from the side