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Friday, 30 June 2017

Down the Lane on the Last Day of June

Here we are on the last of the month already.
Now the lane looks very green, lots of new things to see since the Last day of March - HERE or April HERE or May HERE

 Sorry about the picture quality, I had to rush out to do this last evening as the sun was disappearing.

 Standing at the end of the lane our house and the other houses are on on the left. On the right is a wide drainage ditch which was full of water up until a week or so ago, now it is mostly dry.

 Please note tidy hedge thanks to Colin being well enough to wield the hedge-cutter........... if it was left to me I'd let it grow tall so we would be hidden behind it!



 We have perennial sweet-peas growing out through the top of the hedge, he cut round them carefully


 Look what I spotted (after telling two people that we hadn't got any around here because it's too dry!) This is Meadowsweet growing right on the edge of the ditch, it smells lovely
 Elderflowers have turned into berries, starting to grow - will they be black by the end of July?


 It doesn't matter that I dug up the clump of Golden Rod from the garden, there's so much here along the lane - plenty for butterflies and bees.


 Bramble flowers, - blackberries later I hope - if we get enough rain


A clump of Yellow Loosestrife on the edge of the ditch, an escapee from a garden like the Golden Rod


 Get to the road end of the lane and this is the view to the right, postbox almost hidden in the hedge, that's a Walnut tree hanging down over the Footpath sign. It's right in the corner of a garden but over hangs the lane. I shall look out for Walnuts.
 and to the left all very green and quiet.

Come for a walk down......or up the lane again on the last of July
Back Soon
Sue

 

27 comments:

  1. Lovely photos :) I love blackberry picking down our lane late summer. It's one of my favourite things to do :)

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    1. I hope we get enough rain to fatten them up this year

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  2. There's such a feel of summer about your photos. Lovely!

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  3. Absolutely idyllic. Greetings from Aus. I read your blog every day and you and Colin are so inspiring. For some unknown reason it is not a simple matter for me to sign up to follow properly on blogger but I am here reading it just the same. Best wishes to you both.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting from the other side of the world!

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  4. You live at a beautiful place, this seems to be the English countryside I miss so much here. Valerie

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    1. It's all very green now and all sorts of things growing

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  5. Lovely rural lane with so many hidden treasures - the Walnut and meadowsweet. Wonder if there is more hidden making autumn a good time to go foraging?

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    1. I think there is a bullace or wild plum tree too on the edge of our land

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  6. All looks lovely and peaceful Sue - like the property you lived in when we visited. Glad you found that meadowsweet - it does smell lovely doesn't it?

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    1. Thank you for mentioning meadowsweet on your blog so that when I saw it I knew exactly what it was! and I was certainly surprised to see it

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  7. Just the kind of lane I would like to live down.
    It looks so calm and peaceful.
    So good to hear that Col felt well enough to tackle the hedge-x-

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    1. It is lovely and quiet and the best thing is no traffic

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  8. What a lovely spot! All these nice flowers and shrubs around your house. Love the post box as well.

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    1. The only problem with the postbox is that it's so old and small that nothing will fit in!

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  9. If you feel you want a little more privacy you could always put up a trellis with some climbers. Meadowsweet in abundance here, and it makes a very delicious tea too. I had my beady eye on an elder tree full of bloom thinking "berries, berries, berries" only to find someone has ransacked every single bloom off it, not one left! Not even a bloom for the bees! Naughty.

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    1. The footpath isn't used much and people tend not to look in anyway - I'd just be lazy and not cut the hedge!

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  10. Great photo's I have yellow Loosestrife in the garden but no Golden Rod, thank goodness. I have planted a little Blackthorn hedge and hope to let it grow up and out. Just as long as I get some sloes and a little windbreak I will be happy.

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    1. We will have sloes as there is lots of blackthorn around, we could do with a big windbreak when there's a north west wind!

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  11. You are so knowledgeable about plants. Of course in my area (Florida) they are totally different, but I still have trouble differentiating the good plants from the weeds.

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    1. When I was small we walked to school everyday along a country lane and always went for walks around the fields so that's where I learned the names and now if I don't know what things are I just look it up.

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  12. What a wonderful place to live! Thanks for taking us on a walk. I wish I knew the plants like you do!

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  13. I can't believe it's the last day of June already, although when I look back we've done quite a bit this month.
    We've been out for a walk today and have enjoyed many of the plants you've described as well as some ripened raspberries 😆
    Love the Meadowsweet. X

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  14. Definitely summery (unlike the weather here Monday night onwards - the schoolkids I was camping with had sunburn and a soaking within 24 hours!). My kids started their weekend today by raiding the fruit hedge: red and blackcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries. Munched as they picked and then with ice cream after tea 👅

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  15. beautiful. looks so lovely and quiet and calm. x

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  16. What a beautiful place to live. I can see why you wanted to get back to the country. xx

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