We had some sunshine today so I got my scythe out and swished at long grass around this spiraea bush and part of the yarrow patch. It was a wrist test as well as a grass cutting exercise. There was none of the jarring that I expected, which was a nice surprise, and now, several hours later, my wrist is still fine. Phew! I won’t overdo the scything though.
The yarrow has been decidedly leafy but not very flowery this year. I noticed a lot of young plants of Lesser Stitchwort in the same area. That was a nice find.I also spotted an apple—an actual apple—on the old apple tree. It was all of about one and a half inches in diameter and very zingy to taste. I shared it with Toad 🍏 It had fallen from its growing place and lodged itself in a convenient forky bit.Last year the old apple tree produced two apples. This year one, at least one that I saw. Jays do come and investigate the tree each year and eat any they find. Our visiting sheep chomped some of the lower branches this year too, which is fine. I’ll need to do some pruning myself.
At first light this morning I noticed that the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) was flowering. Between showers of rain, often heavy, I dashed out to get a recording shot.
On the bank below there was this fungus. Last time there was one in this spot it was a Birch Knight (Tricholoma fulvum) so I presumed this one was too. Then the rain began again and I stuffed the camera up my jumper and came inside.
At this time of year I think Devil’s-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis) is my favourite flower. I’m glad our recently visiting sheep didn’t eat them. There are now four naturally spread areas of them in the garden so we get more more flowers each year. I hope that continues.
On warm summer days on the Boggy Brae one’s surround sound is the ‘chirr’ of grasshoppers. One doesn’t see them often because they have a perfect grasshopper jungle to hide in. Sometimes, though, one of them will happen to move and you will see where it lands for a chance to photograph it. I took several of the chappy below. I was looking at the yarrow yellow and saw the grasshopper’s movement out of the corner of my eye. The photos were all bad but here’s one for the record.
The speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys, I think) plant from which this 70cm stem comes (there were several others similar to this) is growing right next to a compost heap up at the top of the Boggy Brae garden. The leaves are 4cm long. I’m sorry I missed its flowering. I shall look out for it next year.
Today I measured the tallest Boggy Brae foxglove after it keeled over. It was two and a half metres tall (over eight feet).
Then I continued my wander and enjoyed the yellowish stipes of lemon-scented fern and four baby trees. They are all right at the base of two well grown birch trees. The question is whether to leave them there to grow or hoik them out. I’ll leave them for a while anyway.
If you look up from near these wee trees, there is a treescape of birch, sallow and a bit of honeysuckle that’s growing up on of the sallows.