Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Monday, 18 May 2015
Wood garlic is my favourite and it not only looks spectacular but leaves and flowers are edible. The white flowers have a strong garlic taste and make an attractive garnish while the leaves are used in soups and pesto.
Friday, 8 May 2015
Cotswolds. We have plenty of insects for pollination, no frosts and seems to have survived the gales earlier in the week. Fingers crossed for a good harvest of cooking apples later in the year.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
There is always the old folk lore that oak out before ash gives a dryer summer. We looked and they all seemed about the same this year but eventually took the picture below of a late ash !
Monday, 27 April 2015
Sunday, 26 April 2015
Today's cooler conditions have given beautiful views of distant hills, here we see the Malvern hills in the background.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Bluebells have come into full bloom in the last week and wood garlic is just starting to flower.
Primroses violets and wood anemones are all in flower so this is a particularly beautiful time in the woods so make the most of it and take a walk!
Sunday, 12 April 2015
Late April in the Thames water meadows near Cricklade is the time to see a spectacular display of snake's head fritillary which fill the fields for a few weeks.This plant is an endangered species in the wild but flowers profusely in these fields. The bulbs like waterlogged conditions in the winter and the Thames floods here so conditions are ideal.
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
One of the first is the wood anemone which is blooming profusely at the moment and a few early bluebells can also be spotted.