Posted on April 13, 2021
The glossy yellow flowers of Celandines look a lot like ordinary buttercups but their flowers are not so persistent throughout the year. In March and April the plants carpet the ground with their dark shiny leaves and flowers beneath trees and on field margins. These pictures show some that were growing among the trees planted on the eastern edge of the village when the new development of houses at Charlton Down was completed. The tree border separates a field that I often refer to as ‘the meadow’ from the cultivated fields beyond. My ‘meadow’ was the location of the incinerator used by the former Herrison Hospital!
Posted on April 12, 2021
A walk along the footpath towards Waterston Ridge at Higher Charlton Down this weekend proved delightful in the sunshine. Acres of yellow oilseed rape flowers glowed in the bright light while skylarks sang overhead and bees of many species took advantage of the fresh nectar.
Posted on April 11, 2021
A constant delight for me at Greenwood House is the ever-changing panorama from the window of my flat. Transitions through the seasons, day by day, different times of day, and in different weather conditions, It never seems to stay the same for any length of time. Sunrises and sunsets can be spectacular. Right now the trees are bare but showing the first signs of new life as we are blessed with at least the occasional day or moment of warmth and sunshine.
Posted on April 10, 2021
I always think that dandelions are such lovely flowers. They make such a wonderful splash of golden yellow colour. I know they are a nuisance if they put their long roots down in places where you want to grow other things, but out on their own in the wild where they belong, they look as ornate as miniature chrysanthemums.
Posted on April 8, 2021
Over the winter months cattle have been introduced to the field situated immediately to the south of Greenwood House, on the opposite side of the road. The field slopes gently upwards to the horizon. It was planted with sugar beet in the autumn after the barley was harvested. The young animals have been steadily munching their way down the field, their range being controlled by a moveable fence. They line up along the boundary to eat the freshly available crop. This activity has the neat advantage of fattening the animals and at the same time fertilising the ground for the next crop sowing .
Posted on April 7, 2021
Have you noticed the splendid flower planters just outside the cricket pavilion? They are absolutely beautiful. Such lovely colourful arrangements of early flowering plants. They complement the new wooden benches that have been constructed around the pitch. Its looking good for the new season at the Cricket Club just a few yards from Greenwood House.
Posted on April 6, 2021
This year, the overwintering sticky buds on the many horse chestnut trees in the grounds around Greenwood House and the village seem to have burst open all of a sudden. I really like to watch new leaves unfurl from the buds: the way the leaves are folded up and pleated inside the bud and then gradually extend and fan out – like hands unclenching and fingers stretching in glorious bright, almost lime, green.
Posted on April 5, 2021
It is surprisingly difficult to get a good shot of Greenwood House in its entirety because of the way it sits on a rise and is surrounded by trees. This time of year is probably the best for a photograph that shows most of the building because the wonderful specimen trees that adorn the grounds to the south are not yet in leaf. I thought the building looked warm and grand in this sunny early spring image.
Posted on April 4, 2021
The numerous small blossoms of the blackthorn shrubs are flowering in profusion – clouds of soft, hazy white adorn many of the hedgerows around Charlton Down. They belie the spikiness of the twigs which bear them, and, come the autumn, will have produced the dusty dark blue fruits known as sloes that people sometimes flavour gin with.