Greenwich Park. Day in pictures.

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Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle
Royal Observatory
Royal Observatory
Way up the One Tree Hill
Way up the One Tree Hill
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Horehound
Creeping thistle
Creeping thistle
Common ragwort
Common ragwort
Fiddle dock
Fiddle dock
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Yarrow
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Goat’s beard
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Cow parsley
Young acorn
Cow parsley flowers
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Acorn
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Burdock
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Fiddle dock leaf
Gatekeeper
A glimpse of gatekeeper
Victorian drinking fountain
Victorian drinking fountain
View from One Tree Hill
View from One Tree Hill toward Old Greenwich Royal Observatory
City from One Tree Hill
City from One Tree Hill
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
Near One Tree Hill
Near One Tree Hill
Simply sky
Simply sky

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today is Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year and I am trying to squeeze in a new post from today’s walk before this day is gone for good. I might just make it! It is an auspicious day to make a wish, light a candle, make flowers crowns or share a few flower pictures on the blog 😉

All the season changes are happening I am always amazed seeing new flowers and plants appearing week by week. I have seen the lily buds today so already planning to go back in few days time and check on their progress. Some of the spring flowers like bluebells, honesty have gone long time ago and left some pretty seed capsules behind. I am already thinking about”the seeds” post but need more photos.

Meanwhile, have fun with the summer blooms.

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Double opium poppy

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Philadelphus or mock orange
Philadelphus or mock orange
Teasel
Teasel
Dog rose
Dog rose
Field bindweed
Field bindweed
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Pink yarrow
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Dotted loosestrife
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Fern
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Pink toadflax
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Common ragwort aka stinky nanny
Hedge woundwort
Hedge woundwort
Linden tree flowers
Linden tree flowers

Days will be getting shorter from tomorrow so make sure to enjoy some nature therapy and cherish the daylight when it lasts!

Summer’s nearly here!

Here we are, mid-year in June. What a sweet month is is, filled with long sunny days, fragrant of roses, acacia and elderflowers, buzzing with bees. Makes you think about holiday trips and some exciting adventures ahead! It is only two weeks until Summer Solstice when we can enjoy the longest day of the year and summer will be in full swing by then. Time to appreciate this season’s abundance and bask in the glorious sun rays.

Oxeye daisy
Oxeye daisy
Cornflower
Cornflower aka bachelor’s button
Poppy
Poppy
Bittersweet nightshade
Bittersweet nightshade
Dog rose
Dog rose
Common mallow
Common mallow
Ragged robin
Ragged robin
Fumitory
Fumitory
Knapweed
Knapweed
White campion
White campion
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Stinking iris
Bindweed
Bindweed
Birdsfoot trefoil
Birdsfoot trefoil
St. John's wort
St. John’s wort
Goat's beard
Goat’s beard
Common vetch
Common vetch
Spreading harebell
Spreading harebell
Ribwort plantain
Ribwort plantain
Cotton thistle
Cotton thistle
False acacia
False acacia
Peacock butterfly
Peacock butterfly
Speckled wood butterly
Speckled wood butterfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Lavender
Lavender
Mullberries
Mulberries

Lavender buds are starting opening up and I can’t wait to pick some of them and make lavender macerated oil. I have made rose petals oil but will write a separate post about roses and share some pictures as well. In the “Floral book of birthdays” June as month is entirely dedicated to roses. Lucky those born in June, my 2 nephews including!

Today’s flower star. Bluebell, the national treasure.

I am just sitting at my desk with the window widely open and listening to birds’ chirps and singings. It has been the warmest day so far reaching scorching 25 degrees in London, in April. Tomorrow, is however back to normal.

I went on another cycle to the beautiful woods of  Wimbledon Common thinking Londoners are so lucky to have those green areas on their doorstep. Trees are slowly getting greener but still lots of bare branches make birds spotting much easier. There is a skylark protection area with lots of black crows residing there as well.

Wildflowers spotting included cowslips, red dead nettles, dandelions and our today’s star, bluebell. It has been UK’s favourite wild flower for years. Violet-blue or white bell shaped flowers with gently curved up petals are hanging gracefully on the long stems. They are very popular and grow even in our little communal garden. The most spectacular are bluebell woods with the carpets of flowers indicating the ancient woods.

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Thinking of my favourite spring wildflower, I’d probably say, violet.

Do you have a favourite?