Solstice lawn

The shortest night has just passed and I popped out to the university’s walled bee garden have a look at the lawns that were moved there a month ago.

The move seems to have been rather successful. The only notable side effects I could find was related to the wood pigeons and their taste for yummy red-leaved clover rather than the move. It’s nice to know that lawns can be moved if required.

The spring flush associated with British native flowers has now largely passed and summer is here. The requirement for mowing lessens with many of the natives (but not all), and the floral stems of Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and non-native Fox and Cubs (Pilosella aurantiacum) in the lawns grow a little taller than all the rest. Some non-natives are prompted by warmer temperatures to bloom and at the moment the lawns have dozens of little stars provided by the lawn lobelias.

Solstice lawn 1

Solstice lawn 1

The pale pink sparklers at the front of the image are from the plantain I debated pulling out earlier in the year. I’m glad I didn’t!

Solstice lawn 2

Solstice lawn 2

I’m liking the foliage effects produced by the silvers, greys, bronzes and golds. It somehow reminds me of long summers as a child, not that there were lawns like this around back then.

Solstice lawn 3

Solstice lawn 3

The little stars are from Lobelia pedunculata sometimes labelled as ‘Pratia’. Over the last three years they have spread all through the lawn and make a stream of stars where they get good light.

Solstice lawn 4

Solstice lawn 4

The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot the shredded red leaved clovers. The walled garden is next to a woodland and surprise surprise the clover munching wood pigeons like to visit the walled garden too.

Solstice lawn 5 A closer look

Solstice lawn 5 A closer look

Only thyme in flower, Leptinella about to flower and a seed head of Mouse-ear Hawkweed (Pilosella officinarum), but just look at the complexity of ingredients in this mix. Twelve species in an area approximately the size of my delicate gardener’s hand.

Roll on summer!

Palmer Building lawn

I’ve been keeping an eye on Giles’ Palmer Building lawn. Can’t help myself. It’s looking quite lovely.

Palmer Building lawn

Palmer Building lawn

Palmer

Palmer

Palmer 2

Palmer 2

Palmer 3

Palmer 3

Palmer 4

Palmer 4

Looks quite lovely, but as the thyme is showing us, it is also getting a bit tall. I foresee a mowing…