The late evening sun lit up the buttercups in the Hatton field as I went for a walk with the dogs last night. June seems to bring so many flowers into bloom, and the evening sun enhances the colours. The field last night looked quite golden and green.
But it was not the buttercups which drew camera but the Northern Marsh Orchids which seem to have appeared over the past few days all over the field, many more than I remember from previous years. Fortunately the grass was quite dry, because I had to get up close and personal with these little purple charmers. And there was “gardening to do”, removing spikes of grass and other vegetation which got in the way of the picture. Both Lily and Poppy were quite intrigued about what I was up to, watching as I lay down in the tall grass. Lily even managed to provide a doggy background to one of my pictures. Although perhaps not the best botanical specimen, I like the picture which the spikes of grass and the sky in the distance.
Further on in our walk, beside the wetland area, I noticed how the buttercups provided an interesting golden carpet behind the cow parsley. It’s growing quickly now and quite high in places. Looking it up on the internet I discovered that what I know as cow parsley has several other common names, including the lovely, Queen Anne’s Lace. A much prettier name for this lacy flower.