Out on the heath, young heather plants compete with the bracken that is invading so much of the open New Forest. Measures to control the bracken are badly needed as its spread reduces grazing for commoners` ponies and cattle and prevents the growth of many native heathland plants. Bracken is poisonous to grazing animals but they will feed on it when they are hungry.
A spray of the hybrid tea rose, Queen Elizabeth. My OH and I were both born in the mid 1950s. Both of us remember having the Queen Elizabeth rose in our childhood gardens. It was a favourite of our mothers. This one grows in a raised bed, along with Peace and several traditional hybrid teas. Peace was one that my grandparents loved to grow.
Living in the beautiful New Forest, I am married, a recently retired teacher and the mother of grown up boys who have flown the nest. I share my days with cats, dogs, ponies and the wildlife all around us. Starting this blog is a chance to explore woods, fields, lanes and heath with my camera. A chance to share the simple pleasures of my country life.