From frost at night 5 weeks ago, we have gone to summer weather: hot and dry. Everything is in bloom at once and the speed of growth is incredible.
In the young wood, saplings are putting on leaves.
In the old wood, the flowers are all out: hellebores, violets, a wild pear tree, a wild cherry, the violets and bluebells, the stellar flower and geranium robertianum and the latree (a parasite of willows and alders which forms bizarre purple flowers attached to the ground. It normally flowers in February and March here. What a strange year, almost a Canadian spring.
You probably wonder why I am showing you a picture of a mixture of grass and nettle; well it is simply because this is a small victory. Until last year, this zone was the sole realm of nettles and the arrival of other species shows that cutting and removing the hay slowly gets the nettles out. The photograph above shows an area which also benefits from the shade of a tree. The nettles need sun do do their best. The grass is extremely fine and light.