I know a bank …

Oberon’s speech from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is for me one of the most beautiful, particularly the words describing the various plants.

‘I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:’

On the lane so far I have found the eglantine, the violets and now the woodbine. Oxlips and wild thyme may not be present.

After Hurricane Hector or Storm Hector there is a lot of tree debris on the lane -particularly ash leaves and branches. It is as though you’re actually climbing into the trees and some points.

I’ve been trying to accurately identify a yellow flowered plant and keep thinking I’ve found it when I look at another image and starts all over again..

At the moment I think the plant is a Hawk’s Beard.

The snowberry bush has its pale pink flowers at the moment. There will be the white spherical fruit in the Autumn. According to the Poison Garden website

it also used to be called ‘corpseberry’ because of the whiteness of the fruit and the fruit themselves seen as appropriate food for wandering ghosts.

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