May, wild flowers

May 1st, and time for a new garden challenge them from Jude. This month its wild flowers, this is what she says.

‘This month i want to see wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on a heath and even in your own garden. Basically plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes, sadly often referred to as weeds.’

So my first entry is this sea thrift, it’s one of my favourites, I love how it thrives on virtually no soil, clinging tenaciously to rocks, its deceptively delicate flowers reaching for the sun.

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If you’d like to join in this month, visit Jude’s garden challenge page to find out how.

A lunchtime escape

A tolerable day at work is one when I can go out for some fresh air at lunchtime, without freezing or getting soaked. Last Wednesday was one of the very best for a stroll, the sun was shining, the morning had been dull and I needed some space.

Next door to the hospital where I work, is a psychiatric unit, around 150 years old and set in lovely grounds with original trees. If the ground is dry I often head that way, come along with me. We’ll begin beside the old lodge near the front gate.

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It’s like a miniature gothic castle with its crenalations.
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Here’s the back entrance. What can we find in the hedge?

I’m surrounded by birdsong, with a robin singing loudest. Look ahead, we’ll check out the trees.
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The bluebells are guaranteed to help get rid of the morning’s stresses.

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I zigzag from tree to tree, in and out of the hedge.

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I would  have loved to climb this tree, it looks quite an easy one doesn’t it? The one behind on the left is quite special too,

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Look at the chunky bark, it’s been around for a very long time.
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On we go towards the perimeter of the grounds, where it’s a bit wilder, and someone’s had lunch already.
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Time to curve across the lawn, my half hour is flying by.
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But I still need to see that bright tree ahead.
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Wow, such a fresh and glowing green!
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I linger for a minute, enjoying the shadows, but my time really is up. Thanks to this stroll, the afternoon was manageable, two and a half hours until home time. I’m really lucky with the surroundings at work aren’t I? I hope you enjoyed walking with me, I’m sharing with Jo and looking forward to seeing where she walked.

Up Close on spring buds

I noticed these buds in the health centre’s garden this morning and had my little point and shoot with me. They were low enough to shelter from the breeze, so worth trying a close up. Judging from the one that’s about to unfold, I’d say it could be sycamore, does anyone know?

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I would love to be able to take real macros with a powerful lens, but I can still have fun even with my phone. This is my last post for Jude’s April garden challenge, with the theme of macro or close up, and I’ve really enjoyed it.
If you’re quick, you can still join in, visit Jude here.