For a good few days now, I have been unable to get stuck into my painting. Doctor's orders alas due to my recent hospital visit, boo! However, there has been plenty of time for me to catch up with sketchbook work and making up the list of species that has to go with my fieldwork study.
It is quite amazing how much you can find in such a small space. The hedgerow is not exactly huge and behind it is a forest so there is a bit of a mixture of woodland and hedgerow going on. Also, a busy road with cars constantly flying past is just beside it all, so there is a certain amount of 'drift' allowing garden specimens to take hold and add a bit of a twist.
So far I have managed to identify nearly forty different species growing in my little patch. Along with all the 'big stuff' such as Oak, Holly, Elder and so on, there are a multitude of smaller shrubs and flowers, including Bittersweet and Spindle. The real trouble starts when you start to include the grasses and smaller wildfowers. Good job I have got myself an ever-growing library of helpful books, and of course, the Internet. Now to type the whole lot out. Phew!!
|Goat's Beard seeds, ready to go!|
|I love the structure of these 'clocks'.|
So perfect for catching the slightest breeze.
|The flowers of Goat's Beard open really|
early in the morning and close early.
Hence the mouthful of a name, Jack-go-to-bed-early
|A couple of bugs bask in the morning sunshine on a Dog Rose|
|Another dog Rose but with almost white flowers|
|Common Mallow with their gorgeous stripes|
|Tree barks offer their own interest|