I have decided to keep a Journal of how the natural world changes around where I live. Of the things I see that interest me. I may not always know the names of the trees and plants, birds, animals and insects that I will photograph but I will have fun doing it and perhaps I will learn something new about my surroundings.

Just ‘out of my back gate’ is a lane which continues on the other side of the main road. So this is the title of my Journal I know that there will be times when I am not at home and I will still want to include the things I see but it will still be ‘out of my back gate’

Friday, 2 January 2009


Someone has called the second catkins Holly catkins and yes it is an evergreen and the leaves are a bit like holly leaves, but I can not find any reference to them in my books. I will endeavour to get to the library and see if I can find them in a book there.
I have been to the library and still can find no identification for this plant. I have looked through lots of books but not one of them shows this catkin so for now Holly Catkins are what I will call them until someone somewhere is able to put a true name to them.
I have found it at long last this is a garden plant apparently and is called
Garrya elliptica and I found it on this site http://www.thegardener.btinternet.co.uk/diaryjan01.html


  1. this looks like it will be lots of fun....

  2. I like you Mary love Nature and these photos are just beautiful. I am really looking forward to watching this lovely journal grow throughout the year xx