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.

Horse Chestnut leaves

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.

Blackthorn blossoms

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.

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.