Cheltenham borough council have planted 75,000 square metres of wildflowers in the local parks. This particular patch had a mix of seeds which included Flanders poppies to commemorate the centenary of WWI, Ammi majus (Bishops Flower), red flax and cosmos. These urban wildflower meadows are so uplifting to look at and the insects were loving them too. Well done Cheltenham BC – may other councils follow your example!

Wildflowers: Flanders poppies and Ammi majus

The beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway in Worcestershire is a popular tourist destination. At this time of the year many of the cottages and houses are adorned with Wisteria, which not only looks stunning against the honey coloured Cotswold stone, but smells delicious!

Wisteria in Broadway, Worcestershire

“The Bluebell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air:
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit’s care.”
Emily Bronte

This poem beautifully fits my walk through the wood today, where the bluebells were looking absolutely magnificent and the birds were singing so cheerfully. There isn’t a better place on earth to be right now.

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Enjoyed a walk in the sunshine this morning and marvelled at the beautiful blue sky which we haven’t seen for a while. The bare trees also seemed to be stretching towards the sun.

Reach for the sky

On such a grey, damp day it was difficult to find something to photograph. This colourful old wall, covered in moss and lichen attracted my attention and I am pleased with the resulting depth of field and perspective.

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