White Plumes


The budding brambles on Blackberry Way are increasingly interwoven with the counterpoint of twisting con volvulus.  Amongst this bind weed abides the white plume moth, which I observed for a few moments before releasing it into the warm evening air.


Tamarisk Blossom


The tamarisk trees on the outer bank are beginning to blossom and as with other plants on the foreshore, I am collecting a small sample to ‘preserve’ in alcohol. The pink blossom, red of the stem and fresh green foliage will soon be leached out. More ghostly reminders of transience in a changing place.





The flags are flowering along many marsh edges and I have preserved a small sample plant in alcohol as part of a collection of local flora. The colour of the petals is quickly leached out, leaving them beautifully transparent, yet pale ghosts of their former selves.


Prickly Issues


Nick recently watched an episode of QI where the difference between thorns and prickles was explained. The Egg is surrounded by bushes protected in one of these ways or the other. Prickles grow from the skin of the plant and are found on the tangle of impenetrable blackberries. Thorns derived from shoots, arise from a bud to guard the blackthorn. Interestingly the rose bush growing in the former Bofors Gun battery is protected by prickles and not as commonly supposed by thorns.



A cedar of Lebanon in Exbury Gardens gifted me the branch I needed for a ‘Christmas tree’ and has now laid a candelabrum at my feet.  On a walk yesterday morning I found this weathered branch whose six eroded cones have become the spikes required to attach candles to illuminate the Egg.