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Meadow 2Spotted yesterday in the Dove Meadow:  pyramidal orchids. Not nearly as many as on the White Field, but we’re getting there.

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These yellow rattle flowers may not look all that remarkable, but they are great news for a wild flower meadow. Yellow rattle is semi parasitic on grasses, which means its roots bore down into the grass roots and suck the life out of them Not all of their life; just enough to ensure that they are weakened and grow very small, which allows other plants to take root. So it’s heartening that the handfuls of hay from the White Field that I scattered over the Dove Meadow last Autumn have resulted in yellow rattle colonies.

But a super abundance of hogweed, as here in the Tree Circle,

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meant that the field had to be cut early, orchids, rattle and all. Now it looks like this:

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That’s management for you. I hope I’ve done the right thing.

Over in the Door House, to be seen here stretching canvases on the the verandah, is another new arrival: Laura Burke, here on a 6 week painting residency funded by ACEarts in Somerton. She set up a work table almost immediately, and will also be doing one of the Amazing Space Book Commissions for the Tree House.

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Talking of the Tree Circle, as I did above, June 10th is the first day of the Oak tree in the Celtic lunar calendar. (The Tree Circle Calendar, or Alphabet, is a planting of 13 native trees each starting with a different Celtic consonant and arranged in order of the 13 lunar months of the year). The other night – the 10th, as it happened – I photographed the just waning full moon, and in the process of writing this post, have discovered that the Celtic name for the June full moon is the Oak Moon. Makes sense: this is our home grown name for what is sometimes know by the American Indian name of ‘Strawberry Moon’. So here, behind the ‘Big Oak’ – the largest and oldest tree in this part of Butleigh, I give you – The Oak Moon

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Faye’s apple blossom sketches

Easter Sunday, and artist Faye Suzannah and dog Mango came to stay for a week’s residency in the Door House. The perfect week to choose, with blossom bursting out all over, as here in the Whitefield

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Happy dog

and here on the ash trees (sorry, not blossom: embryos already! A fecund tree)

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Ash trees getting on with the business of procreation

Other artists were attracted to the Nature bounty that is going on:

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Corinne sketching in the Dove Meadow

Meanwhile Faye was making excursions into a poly tunnel

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A tropical world, and it’s just next door.

where she sketched the flag irises (not often you find a pond in a poly tunnel) and became intrigued by the entwined fig branches

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Figs and Flags by Faye

while I was mesmerised by a falling peach blossom that never made it to the ground:

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Frozen in time

On the following Saturday it was Artists’ Book Club Dove day in my studio, and after discussing our current book theme ‘Repetition’, we drew a new topic for the month ahead out of the pot: ‘Tracks’. Which made me think of the animal tracks running through the flowers on the Whitefield, so we made our way round there after lunch; across Wild Lea (which I wanted to call Broad Lea because it is always broad whichever way you look at it and therefore in need of a panoramic photo. The Dove used to be known as Broad Moor farm not so long ago and you can see why from this photo)

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Broad Lea? Getting wilder, anyway

The sheep have been ‘borrowed’ from a nearby farmer: they are large, and so I’m told, prize-winning Charolais sheep that are grazing the tough rye grasses that were planted on this field over the past few years. But new grasses are appearing fast, and we are hoping for a gradual change to meadow grasses and flowers. Then into the Whitefield with its glorious carpet of cowslips (a cowslippy year, said a friend).

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Making tracks through the Whitefield

Back to base via the Dove Meadow, where Clare hopped like a bird onto Olivia’s ‘perch”. This little platform that we put up last year is to be the start of the Tree house project starting this coming Saturday, 6th May, places still available in the enthusiastic group that is forming around this venture…come and join us in the trees!

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First venture back into the trees