Posts Tagged ‘wildflower’

lake hedgerow autumn colour

a last day of Summer mid Autumn

October 27, 2018

Autumn, October, getting nippy, full of blue skies, mosiac colour and those dancing leaves. Yesterday, on the woodland path edging the lake, I spotted a nest of….Harebells! Incredible. They didnt appear for ages this year with all that ferocious heat and drought, and now 3 or 4 of them tucked in at the foot of […]

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spindle berry in rain

autumn into winter, all over a weekend

November 29, 2017

A balmy, berry-rich, fat autumn was swept away into winter last weekend in a miserable slurry of rain and sleet

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That was the summer down at the lake

September 11, 2017

Summer 2017, apparently it was wetter, colder, soggier, duller than normal. It felt like the quickest one on record anyway. On the good news front, cooler, damper weather gave lusher greener growth on the lake shore – that thin layer of soil can dry out very rapidly.

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Woodland Walk – the warm, sunny season

August 31, 2017

The ancient woodland lying in a long narrow strip against the lakeshore is flood-prone (or you could just say it gets drowned every year) and thick with Ash, Alder and Birch; hardy regenerating types. Maybe the annual soaking helps distribution and fertility – the shrub layer is chock full of hawthorn, willow, hazel, spindle, holly, […]

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meadow buttercups

summer in the meadow

July 31, 2017

Nose to the meadow ground, chin in the mud looking through grasses and thistles, buttercups and dandelions at clouds and blue skies, sunrise, sundown..

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small green plant sprouting

Fertilisation: my guess…

June 22, 2017

Those little egg cups are lined with silt, pooled with water and colonised by algae – the gulls and cormorants splash great dollops, hare and deer sprinkle a few pellets, the wind desiccates and whips up a concoction then off it goes…!

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Blackthorn

Blooms blooming

April 12, 2017

Everything is slower in the west (time wise!). Word comes from the East; in Dublin the Cherry trees have been blooming for weeks. Our side of Ireland has a more considered, one by one, bloom. Humph. The Blackthorn is fully out, even its little green leaves are starting to bud by now – an advanced […]

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Buds budding..

March 20, 2017

Spring is taking a grip with trees beginning to bud, small pockets and hazes of green are appearing on and between the dark bare branches  

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ivy wet with rain

Spring turn, wet and windy

February 27, 2017

Everything is wet and sideways with rain and wind at the turn of Spring. After the mild, dryish December-January, ¬†February feels like winter at last!  

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Green Summer

August 23, 2016

Lots of warm rain fattening up lots of green lush..peaking mid August, green summer through the trail, just days before the yellow turn The winter larder is greening up too, just starting hints of colour…apart from the amazing Guelder Rose, already a rich magnificent red, unmissable in the shrub and treeline

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