Saturday, 12 June 2010

More treasures hidden in our hedgerows

Another walk up the lane.
Unusually the verges still haven't been cut back this year, so the lane is still looking wonderful, full of lush vegetation, with treasures hidden amongst all the tall grasses.

Every few metres there are hidden paths through the grass, sometimes leading through gaps in the hedge itself occasionally with a lingering scent of fox and sometimes just leading to holes, which are more than likely being inhabited by rabbits.

At ground level are the low lying flowers such as this white clover,

or stitchwort.

Raise your eyes up and you will find bittersweet dotted along the hedge.

elderflower is starting to emerge, if I thought I would drink elderflower wine I would make the effort to pick some of these, I have been told the elderflower cordial is very refreshing so maybe one year.

and then the promise of an autumn harvest of blackberries with these brambles.

When the sun came out so did these glorious azure damselflies.

The lane was full of bird song but spotting the birds proved difficult as the hedge provides wonderful cover which is just as well as owning the skies above were these birds of prey

and buzzard