A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Return to Bush Wood
In April when I wrote one of my "Following in the Footsteps of an Edwardian Lady" posts after visiting Bush Wood, I noted that in a few weeks it looked as though there would be masses of Ramsons (or Wild Garlic) in flower. Earlier this week I returned to the wood and sure enough the edges of the woodland were covered in a mass of star-like flowers scenting the air with the smell of garlic!
There were many wildflowers blooming in the hedgerows along the Warwickshire lanes.
Greater Stitchwort has a variety of "country" or common names: Greater Starwort, White Sunday, Thunderbolts,Snapjacks, Allbones, Mother Shimbles and Snick Needles. Many superstitions are attached to the picking of this plant - if you do so you might invoke a thunderstorm, or get bitten by an Adder or it could lead to an encounter with a pixie, fairy or elf! I never pick wildflowers these days but if you are tempted to pick a bunch of these don't say you haven't been warned!
Cow Parsley or Queen Anne's Lace is lining the hedgerows and canal-side banks.
Bluebell, Red Campion and Buttercups (as below) are flowering everywhere.
Also smelling of garlic, Garlic Mustard or Jack-by-the Hedge is flowering. Orange Tips and Green-veined White Butterflies lay their eggs on this plant.
As mentioned previously Edith Holden of Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady lived only a couple of miles away from this area at Gowan Bank, Kingswood, between 1890 and 1897 and, as she loved walking along the side of canals, I stopped off to take some photos of canals nearby.
Grand Union Canal at Rowington
This pub "Tom o' the Wood (the name relates to a seventeenth century corn mill) was one of my Dad's favourites.
And I would like one of these benches for my garden!
Stratford on Avon Canal at Lowsonford
There were plenty of lambs in the fields and I watched these gambolling around full of the joys of Spring. Sadly, no telephoto lens with me and they were really too far away for a decent photo.
As I was uploading photos for this post I noted, with horror, that I am currently using 1014 MB (99%) or my 1042 MB allowance! I shall have to see if there is a way to increase this otherwise I will have to start a new blog!
Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden
Discovering The Folklore of Plants, Shire Classics, Margaret Baker
The Encyclopedia of British Wildflowers by John Akeroyd
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