Monday, 25 May 2015

A Floral Walk

An evening walk near the end of May is delight, especially if, as with my stroll tonight, the route takes one along hedgerows where the wayside margins are left a little wild. 
At this time of year wildflowers are really coming into their own.
I couldn't resist sharing a few photos with you. 
Why not try and see if you can recognise any of these flowers on your next walk, they are all species that are in flower now. 
Do let me know if you spot any!

 Red campion and white campion

 Greater stitchwort

Left: tufted vetch (foreground) & speedwell (background)  Right: birds-foot trefoil (with blue speedwell flowers) 

 Left: lesser stitchwort (will speedwell)  Right: hop trefoil

 Left: cow parsley  Right: bush vetch (centre) with speedwell

Left: white dead nettle  Right: ribwort plantain (foreground) with cross-wort (background)

Hawthorn blossom (also called may blossom)

 Rowan tree

 Elder tree flowers

Left: Holly tree  Right: ox-eye daisies

This was my second evening walk over the weekend; on Friday night I was a couple of hours later and dusk had fallen by the time I returned home. It was one of those heavy still days, and as I headed out the air was laced with a fine, almost sticky rain which appeared honey coloured in the low sun. Each droplet seemed suspended in an invisible web of scent; the last of the bluebells, the lime green and yellow masses of cross-wort smelling of honey, a dash of coconut from the broom. 
A roe buck browsed one of the hedgerows that runs perpendicular to the track. A fox slipped silently over the ridge of the hill. Bats flickered along the darkening tree-tunnel, eager to enter the night. 

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