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