White wash

Just a short while ago the verges and gardens everywhere were filled with golden yellow flowers from daffodils and primroses to celandines and dandelions and many other lesser known species too. A recent trip in search of bluebells to photograph lead to finding a patch of hedgerow no longer than a hundred yards in length with over a dozen species of wild flower. Bordering the bluebell wood already carpeted in blue and looking superb in the dappled sunlight, there were many golden species in bloom but the predominance now was for white.

The hawthorn (May) blossom was already in full flower whilst blackthorn flowers remained in flower to add to the backdrop. Cow parsley was raising delicate stems with white umbels of flowers giving rise to the popular name of Queen Anne’s lace and stitchwort and chickweed added their starry forms to the many shapes and sizes on show. Perhaps the overwhelming display was of Ransoms (wild garlic) and here it was in direct competition to the bluebells for scent and sadly winning.

If this had been the border in the garden of some stately home it could not have offered more variety of colour and leaf form and there was no denying that all blended together perfectly. No need for garden designers to work their magic. Nature has done it all before.



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