Posted on May 16, 2022
Images from a walk around my Dorset village this late Spring (7th May). Sycamore, field maple, copper beech, ash, oak and chestnut were in flower. Shrubbier plants like hawthorn, holly, wayfarer, and guelder rose were blossoming in hedgerows. Dandelions gone to seed already, with daisies, self heal, blue speedwell, red clover, and chickweed flourishing where the lawns have not been cut for “no mow May”. Bog bean flowers surviving in the muddy margins of our fast-shrinking pond. And the white froth of cow parsley in great abundance everywhere.
Posted on June 13, 2021
There is something special about Dog Roses. Somehow it seems a special treat to see them in the hedgerows. Their pale pink petals so fragile, tender and ephemeral, their colour changing with the degree of light and shade. Dog roses are blooming this week in the village playing field (Olympic Park), the Charlton Down Nature Reserve, and the place I call the ‘Meadow’ on the north side of Charlton Down – to name just a few of the easily accessible spots where you can enjoy them. In these locations there are only isolated rose bushes but sometimes the whole hedgerow is adorned with them; I have included some pictures like this from a walk on Charminster Down taken several years ago.