Fungi and Fairy Rings

Oct 14th & 21st As the forecast for the 14th looked as if it would rain – it didn’t – we went to the Tropical House as we had had reports of a Fungus there. And of course, on the way we looked for other Fungi along the way – but again, despite the recent […]

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Dry September

23rd and 30th September. The dry and warm weather continued with the consequence that the lakes got even lower, to the extent that there was no flow of water from the first lake by the Aqualab into the next one. Indeed, the only fresh supply of water for that lake was from the stream near […]

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Pollinators

Sept 16th 2014 September, as we now know, turned out warmer than August and was extremely dry. So as Bruce was interested in what pollinators were still active and on what flowers, our group split up, with one lot going into the Double-Walled Garden and the rest of us around the lakes, to see the […]

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Magical mushrooms

Magical mushrooms

The third annual Wales Fungus Day is promising to be the biggest and best yet. Taking place at the National Botanic Garden on Sunday October 12, it will feature some of Wales’ top experts, a wild mushroom ‘cook-up’, a special (and unique) fungi patchwork exhibition, as well as family activities – including wooden-mushroom painting – […]

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Jelly Baby Fungus

The Autumn colours of the leaves are really beginning to show up now.  First the yellows then, a few days later the reds of the oaks and beeches.  But there is still a noticeable variation, some trees remaining quite green whilst others of the same species nearby have completely lost them. This week we head […]

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The Garden's Fairy Rings on BBC Radio 4

The Garden’s Fairy Rings on BBC Radio 4

Listen to Professor Lynne Boddy talk about fairy rings on BBC Radio 4′s Living World. Lynne, and presenter Chris Spurring, spent a whole day recording the programme here at the Garden on a very wet day in September. Although not mentioned on the programme, the fairy ring they talk about at the start is made […]

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Spring Woods Fungi

We are so used to dry weather on a Tuesday morning that it was a bit of a surprise when, as some of us met up in the car park, it started to rain and turned into quite a heavy shower.  But by the time we had finished our usual pre-walk natter it had eased […]

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What are these Fungi?

This week something a little different.  There was a walk in Pont Felin Gat and John took lots of photos of Fungi.  Trouble is we don’t know the names of most of them.  So can you help? [Show picture list] Slideshows require the Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support. [Show picture list] Slideshows require the Flash Player and […]

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Garden treat for fairies

Garden treat for fairies

All fairies get free admission to the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Wales Fungus Day – Sunday October 13. The annual celebration of fungi features guided walks of fairy rings and tours of the Garden’s famous (and very rare) waxcap meadows as well as a chance to get up close and personal with some […]

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The Great Glasshouse

Well it had to happen – a wet Tuesday morning in Wales!  And as it had been correctly forecast we were prepared.  As Bruce said, noone has really looked at insect life in the Great Glasshouse or the Tropical House. So this seemed an excellent time to do just that, otherwise winter would be on […]

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