Meadows, orchids and summer refreshments

Pictures from three meadows this week. One was at a nearby open garden, where we heard lots of grasshoppers and saw skipper butterflies.

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This churchyard meadow was full of pyramidal orchids.

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And of course our own mini-meadow in the garden, which is having its best year ever. Lots of ringlet and meadow brown butterflies, hoverflies, our first ever clearwing moth (currant clearwing – on blackcurrants!) and the 6-spot burnets active every day and many breeding pairs.

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One plant that has really spread out is the bedstraw, which is an important food plant for many moth caterpillars. It’s the frothy-flowered plant in this photo, mixed in with meadow cranesbill.

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Lucy worked a long and hot day mid-week at an event, but ice cream was available which certainly helped.

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We were also treated to a family meal and some vivid colours appeared in the wine glass as the sun moved across the sky.

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Library bookshelf:
Markus Zusak – Bridge of Clay
Sally Rooney – Normal People

Playlist: from Glastonbury TV coverage!
Tame Impala – Let It Happen
Tame Impala – Borderline
Hot Chip – Melody of Love
Janelle Monae – I Like That
Christine & The Queens – The Stranger

 

 

 

 

 

 

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