Church Gardens – March 2024

February has been a short, quick month. It’s always lovely to see the spring bulbs especially the snowdrops. I didn’t realise just how many types of snowdrops there were in the UK until I started joining in with some botany surveys. Renfrewshire is home to the snowflake which is such...

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Church Gardens – February 2024

So far January has passed very quickly. A visit to Glencoe started off my year, couldn’t ask for anything better. Start the way you mean to go on! This year is a big birthday for the church, 150 🥳. There will be many celebrations and hopefully we will manage some...

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Church Gardens – December 2023

Christmas is fast approaching, it’s been a fast but fruitful year. December is always busy but it’s important to take time out for even a few minutes and think about the true meaning of Christmas “The Reason for the Season” It’s also a time to take care of our wildlife....

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Church Gardens – November 2023

Autumn/ winter time is a time to prepare for our wildlife. Solitary bees, butterflies, bats etc are all seeking a winterhome. Battening down the hatches to survive the winter ahead. In our Muddy church garden we have our hedgehog den just waiting for a tenant and also our bug/butterfly house & bird box waiting patiently for their tenants. Solitary bees pick an individual cell and...

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Church Gardens – October 2023

The Queen’s Tree Our Sorbus aucuparia has produced beautiful foliage this year and we are really hopeful that in May or June next year we will have cream-white five petal flowers and then beautiful red berries in autumn. Rowan trees which are grown from seed typically take around 10 years...

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Church Gardens – August 2023

Another busy month for the garden. The Wildlife garden got a summer makeover for the big judging event.  Painting is not my forte but needs must and I think it looks a bit tidier. Hopefully the judges will reward Grow Uddingston for all their hard work in making the village...

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Church Gardens – July 2023

Holiday time is here so off to the Caribbean in the Clyde, Isle of Cumbrae. Our yearly trip to Millport couldn’t have been better with a heat wave in full flow. We thought one week maybe but it just got better in the 2nd week. Time was spent wildlife watching, cycling,...

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Church Gardens – May 2023

The ‘Merry Month of May’ originally a poem probably written in the late 16th Century is certainly a time to celebrate in a big way. In the 21st Century we now have more excuses to celebrate this month than a court jester could shake his marotte at as it’s looking...

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Church Gardens – April 2023

Three years on from the start of lockdown we’ve been on Perthshire Spring breaks, Connie to Grantully in the snow and Liz to Kinloch Rannoch where the weather was been really mild with new born lambs and midges in evidence. Here are photos of a visitor to the window of...

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