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!

Spring cycle to London Wetland

I cycled today to Wetland Centre in Barnes, South West London, just 15-20 minutes cycling from my home. Wetland Centre is home to many birds living and nesting across the waters, ponds and gardens. I was obviously looking for the flowers and plants as well, but the trees are still bare and just some of them started to get green like birch or willows.

My first route was less populated south side, starting off with the lagoon it was a great walk around the pond, past the bats’ place and back to the courtyard. From there, I took the other side of the centre which got really busy around lunch time. I just wandered around spotting a pair of black swans in the Asian garden, a gracious yet solitary white swan  and finally finished the walk at the the otters place. Promised few photos to my boyfriend, he knows why.

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