A quick selection of some of the flowers that have delighted our eye in the last couple of weeks
It is three months since The Dowdings neared completion
and time for the first turning
These are of course multi-purpose compost bins
including tool store and eighteen square metres of rain collecting roof.
With rain in short supply at the moment and The Lake looking rather low
it is just a matter of moving the water 150 metres down there.
Gravity is on our side but a bit of captured sunlight
A bit on intelligent energy store
and a couple of wires
lets’ a pump give things a bit of a boost
and off it goes
First down to the duck butt
and onward under the meadow through a pipe we put down a few years ago
and out into The Lake
These irises will be happier
Four years ago
we planted a cordon cherry in the polytunnel
It grew and bloomed
Now it is harvest time
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
in this case the Ceanothus behind the Lake
Also happily in that location is a burst of Green Alkanet
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
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
Not sure how we feel about this as we are trying to reduce nitrogen there.
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
We have pea flowers in a range of whites, blues and purples. Wonder if this will be reflected in the colour of the peas.
The Orange Tips are enjoying the Aubretia
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?)
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
This Iris moves us back from Purple to Blue
To end with with the Rhododendron
Like the Green Alkanet, very nice in its place
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
we can see how the blossoms cover the branches, completely covering the leaves
our bees are happy.
The high light of June casts sharp shadows
and emphasises the secret shady places
Our orchard mini-meadow, where this tulip flowers
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
Promise of peas
More white blossom
Claire is a Speckled (with White) Sussex and is proving an excellent mother (again)
and our Silver Fox rabbits really show off their Silver in the June sun
In April we freeze-dried, we spent May under a cold shower, and then came June
A visit from young helpers
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
but the pièce de résistance is the Meadow
Each year it cycles through dominant species in different ways. Right now the Meadow Buttercup holds sway
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
and beneath, the tulips
are being slowly swallowed up
The golden beech is spreading its branches to catch all available light
Irises on land
where Jessie has to cool off
She has seen the Yellow Poppies everywhere
and has decided to have her own clump by her hovel