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!
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
The wildflower Red Campion has a long flowering period and often flowers well into October even this far north. There have not been any flowers on the Boggy Brae plants for some weeks but this week, in spite of the wind battering and rain, hail, sleet hammering it has had, this plant put forth two new flowers.