Fritillaries

Fritillaries

We spent a magical Sunday morning wandering through Iffley Meadows in search of snake's-head fritillaries. As we entered the nature reserve, managed by Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, we spied, in the distance, patches of the meadowland that were dotted with purple and white, and made our way over to admire the blooms close [...]

In the meadow

In the meadow

Meadowlands. Swaying grasses dotted with ox-eye daisies and bright buttercups. Is there a better place to be on a summer’s afternoon when the air is thick with the promise of a coming storm; the skies overhead a threatening deep slate blue?   We’re lucky enough to have meadows just beyond the house, but a couple [...]

Lost stories

Lost stories

The last few weeks have whizzed by at an alarming rate. There are stories that should have been captured here. Of mornings when the tall stems of yellow irises and calla lilies witnessed scenes of metamorphoses; of sunny days when the red mason bees laboured, adding mouthful after mouthful of our clay soil to partition [...]

Cowslips for May Day and a wildflower weekend

Cowslips for May Day and a wildflower weekend

When I was growing up cowslips were a true rarity; so scarce that they had an almost mythical status. Regarded as secret treasures, they were something to search for. These days they are more abundant; often seen at this time of year growing along roadsides and up grassy banks; their mythical status retained, not through [...]