Tag Archives: Wildflowers

Buttercup strewn meadows

It is late May and the Long Meadow is looking at its best. Fresh greens of the trees, bushes and grass contrast with the rich yellow of the Buttercups on the banks of the River Mermaid.

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The simple beauty of an Oxeye Daisy.

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Scent

The scent of Woodbine or Wild Honeysuckle is a glorious assault on the sense of smell. Conditions have to be right. Warm damp mornings, just as the sun warms up the flowers are best. To walk through the fugitive cloud … Continue reading

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Green fuse

Bud burst is nearly upon us. Hawthorn and Elders in the hedges and Willows on the Common are all showing the emergent tips of fresh leaves. Ash trees on the railway line are also starting to stir, but they tend … Continue reading

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Spring arrives

Walk along the river now and you can feel the changing season below the soles of your boots.  In this dry period the footpaths have lost that puddled and sticky-mud quality of the late Winter. They have taken on the … Continue reading

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Butterflies

As the temperature rises, butterflies are out in profusion. The flowering Thistles along the Bure were especially attractive this morning. Large numbers of Small Tortoiseshells were accompanied by Meadow Browns , Large and Silver Spotted Skippers. Along the lanes Ringlet … Continue reading

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Welcome return of rain

The return of rain in June has been welcome and much needed. The local flora which had become dormant and parched during May has sprung back to a wholesome green. The arrival of the wild Mallow flowers has coincided with … Continue reading

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Sukebind Scent

This morning I walked through a lens of scent which was suspended in mid-air. The Woodbine or Wild Honeysuckle is at its peak. The vines bind an Ash and an Oak together in a cloud of sweet scent. This scent … Continue reading

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Dry verges

Walking up through the village last night, it was clearly evident that the lack of rain is having an impact. The last decent shower was on the 26th March – nothing of any note for over a month. The warm … Continue reading

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Blackthorn Bloom

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