Stratospheric Seeds

Stratospheric Seeds

Last month, for my day job, I was writing about helium. Helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe (after hydrogen) and the lightest of the noble gases (which point blank refuse to react with almost everything). Helium is produced by radioactive decay,...
Insect Armageddon

Insect Armageddon

National Nest Box Week starts tomorrow. This annual event encourages us to head out and hang up a new nest box, so that our favourite garden birds have somewhere to raise a family. It’s one thing that may help slow their decline. Whilst we have been bombarded...
The Lotus Effect

The Lotus Effect

The lotus is a remarkable plant. I’m referring to Nelumbo nucifera, which is native to Asia and sacred to both buddhists and Hindus. (It’s related to the American lotus, N. lutea, but not to the lotus that appears in ancient Egyptian images – that’s Nymphaea...
Flaming June

Flaming June

I am behind on the gardening. I am typing this in the middle of a thunderstorm, complete with torrential rain, so I don’t need to feel guilty today. Or tomorrow, looking at the forecast. But with June arriving tomorrow there are some jobs I really ought to be...