Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Greening of Spring

I walked around the field boundary last week, experimenting with the new-to-me camera that I now seem to be sharing with Mr DW. These are using the ordinary lens and it is early days yet.

It was a bright, sunny morning and the trees, which have grown out of the old hedge boundary, were filling out their new leaves. It was that stage of spring when each tree is a different shade of green from its neighbour. Grasses and wildflowers were growing well in the resting paddock. We are on acid soil and there will always be buttercups, but I am not going to spray them. There are fewer bees, butterflies and other insects around this year, so they need all the help that they can get and they don`t need artificial chemicals to contend with.

Oak and beech together in the boundary hedge. This oak produced an unusual number of pollen flowers this spring. From a distance, their pale, yellowy haze stood out against hedgerow shadows.

The vibrant beauty of new beech leaves...............

......and young oak leaves against blue sky.

A mix of old holly trees, beech, oak and hawthorn in a dense area of the hedge boundary. On the other side of the hedge is a drainage ditch, dug long ago, that still collects run-off water from the heath and brings a good supply to the roots of these hedgerow trees.

Bluebells in the hedge bottom.

This week we have had alternating sunshine and soft rain showers, so leaves are darkening and the trees are in a period of strong growth. Last week, when these photographs were taken, we had a few precious days to enjoy the freshness of new greens and the softness of fragile young leaves.


Em Parkinson said...

Goodness - what a difference with the picture size. Absolutely lovely. Regarding the problem with landscape ones, since you don't have anything in the left hand sidebar, why not stretch the main body in the layout thing....Template>customise>adjust widths. If you fiddle with the 'entire blog' width, I think you should find the landscape ones work. The text will be wider too of course but I don't think that will matter. Tell me to shut up if you already know all this!

ann @ studiohyde said...

Looks like you are really getting to grips with your new camera, lovely photos.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Everything is just so lush at the moment, gorgeous! x

Mum said...

Lovely pics and so many delicious greens.
Love from Mum

angryparsnip said...

I keep reading about the weed Buttercup, but to me they are very beautiful flower.
This is so very different from my Spring which has been gone for quite sometime.
We are in SUMMER now hovering at 106 waiting for the monsoons to come.

cheers, parsnip

The Weaver of Grass said...

The weather has been more or less the same here DW - we have appreciated the lovely warm sunshine but now it is chilly and damp.

Isabelle said...

Yes, I'm always amazed at how many greens there can be, especially at this time of year.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, beautiful greens!

Sunny G said...

What a wonderful place you have to explore!
It makes me want to go outside right now and do the same!