Changing Seasons

Friday, July 21st 2017

It has been somewhat busy at Foxglove over the recent weeks, with endless days of preparation for the Foxglove 25th Anniversary Celebrations. With the weekend now behind us, there is finally time to stop and take stock of the situation. Instead of needing to look at what needs to be painted or strimmed or tidied up, there has been the chance to look at the reserve around us purely from a point of interest. What I found today, whilst out checking the cows, caught me somewhat unawares. I was thinking it was still early Summer, possibly even late Spring, but somehow the weeks have passed and I find the blossoms and flowers of Spring have long gone.

In the hedgerows, many of the berries and nuts are forming. These Guelder Rose berries are already starting to turn red.

The Rowan berries vary in colour at present from green through orange to red- this was the ripest bunch I could find.

The sloes on the Blackthorn bushes have swelled to full size, but are still very green and unripe.

The same is true for the Hazelnuts.

And for the Holly.

The little four-lobed Spindle seeds are currently a delicate pale green. They are a delight later in the year when their bright pink seed cases split open to reveal the vivid orange seeds inside.

I even found one or two of the Bramble leaves starting to go red around the edges. 

The Wildflower Meadow has taken on a golden brown tinge as the Yellow Rattle and grasses start to seed.

It is a colourful time to be at Foxglove, with many of the flowers of Summer still upon us in addition to the reds and oranges of the leaves and berries.


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