Have a Good Week-End

I hope you all have a lovely day – as beautiful as yesterday when I photographed these blossoms by the Gym (the old church).

Plum blossoms

In the Community Orchard in Charlton Down, just a few steps from Greenwood House, the plum trees are the first to flower this April. With a blue sky or a verdant green grass backdrop, the white blossoms look fresh, full of promise, and uplift the spirit.

Celandines 1

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!

Flowering fields 1

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.

Dandelions 1

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.

Flowers at the Cricket Ground

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.

Bluebell time

It’s that time of year again. The weather is warming up and spring flowers are evident in the grounds around Greenwood House and the wilder parts of the village. The first isolated clumps of bluebells have flowered. I think most of these are hybrids with the Spanish garden variety. There are quite a few pink or white ones among the pale blue. The native truly wild ones are forming layers of glossy leaves among the clumps of trees in various places but the flower buds are not yet visible.