A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Saturday 25 May 2013

Queen Anne's Lace

The roadside hedgerows are very pretty with Cow Parsley or Queen Anne's Lace a very delicate flower, popular with flower arrangers. The plants have suffered with recent wind and rain but are very pretty even so.
We hadn't heard it called Queen Anne's Lace until Wednesday when we were out walking with our Rambler's group - they say you learn something new every day and it is a very pretty name don't you think?

Thursday 23 May 2013

Apple blossom

The Apple blossom around here is a picture this year. We think it is late but it is perhaps the best we have ever seen and hopefully it will not be subject to any late frosts. Hopefully our cooking apple tree will be successful in setting fruit, we have been unlucky for the last couple of years and missed those apple pies.

Wednesday 22 May 2013


Birdsong is particularly loud at the moment as birds proclaim their territories. I tried to listen to BBC Radio 4 Tweet of the day yesterday, but was unable to distinguish what was on the radio from the dawn chorus outside.
This Robin has set up it's territory in our garden and is particularly loud, singing from our hedge and trees and regarding us as intruders.

Sunday 19 May 2013

Westonbirt in springtime

Our visit to the Arborteum this week enhanced our enthusiasm for the collection once again. We know that the crowds flock there in autumn but in our opinion spring is probably the best time when the new leaves contrast the dark trunks and show off the trees at their best.
Here the Acer's new leaves are highlighted by the fresh larch leaves in the Silk Wood and very few visitors around.

Thursday 16 May 2013

Early Purple Orchids

 Damp weather has brought a good display of early purple orchids among the cowslips on the limestone grassland of Minchinhampton Common

Sunday 12 May 2013


A wet and cold spring seems to have been good for many flowers like the Cowslip.  They are still showing well in many places but look soon as they could be fading fast.

Thursday 9 May 2013


They seem to have been a long time coming but in the last few days the bluebells have flowered in profusion in our local woods producing that beautiful  blue carpet beneath the freshly emerging beech leaves. Now is the time to get out and enjoy the spectacle if you can avoid the showers!

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Lady's Smock

Today is May Day, and it is a lovely sunny morning here in the Cotswolds.  We didn't get up early enough to catch the Morris Dancing  but are enjoying pottering in the garden listening to the birds and watching the bees.
Lady's Smock or Cuckoo Flower is now out in profusion.  Yesterday we cycled around the Severn Vale and the displays there in the damp ditches were wonderful. It is supposed to flower at the first sound of the Cuckoo, we haven't heard one yet but hopefully will soon, although in recent years they have been rather elusive in our area.