The companionway steps are visible and usable again after I cut back stuff that was growing onto and over them. Ferns, bugle, and mosses will grow back during the rest of the year.
The aspect of this bank in my garden is south-east. At the eastern end of it there is a wild plum tree which sends up root suckers all over this bank. I mow them down each year but not until all of the twenty-six or so other flowerng species have ‘had their say’.
At the moment Pignut (Conopodium majus), the white flowers in the photo below, and Red Fescue (Festuca rubra), the tallest grass, shining yellow here in the early sun, dominate.
The darker green is the early growth of Greater Bird’s-foot Trefoil (Lotus pedunuculatus) which will flower in a few weeks’ time.
Red Fescue grows in most of the garden, the tallest plants getting to nearly a metre tall. Most are between 40 and 80 cm tall. Below is some mixed with Sweet Vernal Grass on the front terrace. I shall mow this quite soon, weather permitting. Despite the dappled, early morning sunshine, the last few days have been very wet.
This is the wild European bluebell. It is said that half of the entire global population of these bluebells is in Britain. There are fears that it will lose some of its characteristics if it hybridises too much with imported Spanish bluebells (Endymion hispanicus) which are quite different: lighter in colour, upright stems, more open, bell-like flowers rather than the cylindrical ones typical of E.non-scriptus, wider leaves. Spanish bluebells are usually what people have in their gardens. They are mostly blue, but also come in pink and white varieties.