So much is later this year because of the drought and the cold rain, but after the beautiful cowslips the wildflower meadow at Sun Rising is beginning to fill out, with leaves spreading and the first hints of flower buds. This time last year, it was a profusion of colour, but this year we must be a little more patient.
There is blossom, however, on the hawthorn, the cherries, and even on the older crab apple trees, which is wonderful to see. When we plant a little sapling, to see it find its roots in the soil and grow to be strong enough, and big enough, to blossom, is a real delight, especially for families watching the trees planted in honour of loved ones.
We are still not seeing many green finches, after last year’s reduction in their numbers. There are plenty of chaffinches, however, glorious in the mating colours, and singing out into the warm summer air. This photo is of a male chaffinch on the bird cherry by the gate.