Beside the Path 4

Flowering white dead-nettle amongst the leaves of cleavers, common nettles, and hogweed by the side of the path as I walked around the village (17th May 2022).

Beside the Path 3

The new unblemished horse chestnut leaves reach down low towards the waist-high white cow parsley flowers beside the path. Later in the year, the leaves will develop the brown blemishes caused by the larvae of the chestnut leaf miner moth, which is a species that has been accidentally introduced to Britain from Spain.

Beside the Path 2

Flowering grasses and cow parsley by the side of the path as I walked around the village (17th May 2022).

The main grass in the foreground above is Cock’s-foot. The flowers are not yet open and all is still green. – see image below. It’s appearance will change delightfully as the flowers open in a few weeks’ time

Beside the Path 1

Luxuriant foliage and White Dead-nettle by the side of the path as I walked around the village (17th May 2022).

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Blooming Ramsons

The Wild Garlic or Ramsons are now fully flowering in the village. For a good display, have a look for them in the circular strip of trees that surrounds Herrison House – if they survive the atypical frosts, heavy rain and strong winds that we have been experiencing this May.

Native Bluebells

It takes your breath away when you accidentally come across a copse carpeted with bluebells. Standing on the outside, peering in through branches at ancient trees standing and fallen to the realm where only the deer reign, while the birds sing, and the sun shines, and the bright blue flowers stand tall by their thousands in dappled light.