High Summer Blooms

When August arrives it seems like the beginning of the end.

Many plants are done with flowers and getting on with the serious business of seeds.

Acorns are forming on the oaks

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and the hazel nuts seem to be heading for a bumper year

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But there is still a lot of colour around the meadow. Harebells just seem to go on and on with the flowers always looking pristine

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and Honeysuckle continues to thread through the hedges

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The Meadow Vetchling

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and Birdsfoot Trefoil

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add yellow flashes to the meadow which is now predominantly russet in hue

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Insects continue to be attracted including this Small White

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and Oedemera nobilis – the Swollen-thighed Beetle

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The white Buddleia, that attracted so many butterflies, also draws a Yellow Underwing

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