June Acceleration Part 3: The Blue and The Purple

If June so far has been a bright swathe of Yellow and Green punctuated with White fluffy bits then plants that can manage Blue make themselves stand out

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in this case the Ceanothus behind the Lake

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Also happily in that location is a burst of Green Alkanet

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Happily that is for us – it has also put down roots below one of the polytunnels and never ceases to arise and invade the vegetable beds.

Here it can roam as much as it likes

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As we remarked the other day, the flavours in the meadow change each year. Right now there seems to be more luscious patches of Clover than in the past

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Not sure how we feel about this as we are trying to reduce nitrogen there.

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Sure it will work out ok once the Yellow Rattle has finished its root sucking – that too is more widespread than ever this year.

The Comfrey is starting to flower, to the delight of this bee

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We have pea flowers in a range of whites, blues and purples. Wonder if this will be reflected in the colour of the peas.

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The Orange Tips are enjoying the Aubretia

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There is always a bit of sadness looking at a Lilac in full bloom (How many plants have a name which is also a colour?)

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It is not complete without dozens of Peacocks, Tortoiseshells and Red Admirals.

The Wisteria on the front of the house died last year (it has been replaced but it will take time to cover the same area) The Clematis has expanded to take advantage of the extra space

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This Iris moves us back from Purple to Blue

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To end with with the Rhododendron

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Like the Green Alkanet, very nice in its place

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June Acceleration Part 2: The White

We are looking for the pause button on June, or at least the slo-mo setting that makes it last for, oh ever…

There is a hedgeline on land near us which has grown into a row of mature trees and right now the Rowan and Hawthorn have have turned it into a wall of White.

Looking at one of our Hawthorns

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we can see how the blossoms cover the branches, completely covering the leaves

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our bees are happy.

The high light of June casts sharp shadows

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and emphasises the secret shady places

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Our orchard mini-meadow, where this tulip flowers

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is so vibrant that some of last year’s seed have migrated to a hard gravel path next to a shed. This Ox-eye daisy is currently about five feet tall and still going up

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Promise of peas

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More white blossom

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Claire is a Speckled (with White) Sussex and is proving an excellent mother (again)

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and our Silver Fox rabbits really show off their Silver in the June sun

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June Acceleration Part 1: The Yellow and The Gold

In April we freeze-dried, we spent May under a cold shower, and then came June

Spring at last

A visit from young helpers

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and all living things accelerated and sped off. We have been running non-stop trying to catch up with them – not much time for writing here.

So a quick wizz through some June pictures. Part 1: Yellow and Gold.

Basically everything has been golden

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but the pièce de résistance is the Meadow

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Each year it cycles through dominant species in different ways. Right now the Meadow Buttercup holds sway

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Beneath the buttercups the Yellow Rattle has spread further than ever, busy sucking at the grass roots and just starting to flower.

The Laburnum commands the orchard

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and beneath, the tulips

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are being slowly swallowed up

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The golden beech is spreading its branches to catch all available light

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Irises on land

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and water

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where Jessie has to cool off

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She has seen the Yellow Poppies everywhere

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and has decided to have her own clump by her hovel

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