Sunday Picture Post: By Hedge and Bank

Last Friday’s walk yielded lots of photos of wayside plants. Which to feature is the problem.

Laid Oak Hedge

Goddess of the Hedge … can you see her? 3rd May 2019

In times of yore hedges were ‘laid’ … i.e. cut in such a way as to encourage new growth which then would weave a sturdy, beast-proof barrier. While the practice has been revived on nature reserves, it’s time-consuming and isn’t practiced elsewhere.

However, walk alongside an old hedge, and chances are you’ll see an unnatural pattern of growth down by its soil-eroded roots. As in this one above. But this ancient hedge is doubly exceptional, in that it is oak. So possibly it predates *enclosure* when quickthorn and hawthorn became the norm.

Stitchwort

Cascades of white as stitchwort tumbles down a grassy bank beside a country lane: 3rd May 2019

Horsetail

Horsetail, a relic of the Age of Dinosaurs: 3rd May 2019

Horsetails poke their orange heads above the more common hedge plants along this swampy-verge beside Cargate Lane … and even the name shouts of age.

wayside apple blossom

Apple blossom: 3rd May 2019

And what is a wayside hedge without the odd apple? This last image makes me think of the Garden of Eden …

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32 Responses to Sunday Picture Post: By Hedge and Bank

  1. Jen Goldie says:

    Stunning photos Crispina. They’re all beautiful. The patch of stitchwort “Tumbling down a grassy bank” nicely put and stunning. The Apple Blossoms bring to mind the Cherry Blossoms on the trees we had as a child, wonderful to see. The Horsetails are quite something else, amazing. My favourite is the oak hedge, a definite tribute to nature. Thank you for sharing. 🌼🌺

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  2. Violet Lentz says:

    that first photo is a knock out! I have taken a pic of two of some spring flowers myself lately. Tundra flowers? seems almost an oxymoron. Maybe I’ll join you next Sunday….

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  3. Beautiful photos. You’ve got a good eye.

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  4. Beautiful photos Crispina, hedgerows are full of life.

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  5. These are beautiful and I especially love the hedge! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  6. Dale says:

    I LOVE that first one! Wowowow!
    And love the caterpillar decorating the apple blossom.

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  7. Your apple picture is stunning. I like the pomegranate color of the blooms – like Eden, backed by Persephone.

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  8. Wow, amazing pictures. I love the horsetail and the apple blossom, so beautiful ❀️❀️

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