Summer lull

The lawns beside the bee hives have regenerated post mowing. It is always something that seems to surprise new observers of grass-free lawns.

The temperature has strangely been dropping a degree every couple of days, we’ve gone from 30C to 17C in the daytime in just over three weeks (most peculiar for mid-august) and there has been plenty of rain. There aren’t that many flowers, but here’s an image.

Mid-august

Mid-august

A closer look will show some of the non-native species are continuing to put through flowers, and in the dips in the lawn the chamomile that missed the mowers blade has plenty of flowers.

I notice the lawn has something of a yellow and silver sheen from the all variegated plants and particularly the silverweed.

Yellow and silver

Yellow and silver

I imagine that this autumn will be quite golden in the lawn when the silverweed’s leaves turn colour before vanishing for the winter.

Sward of Honour

A lovely chap by the name of Vernon Davis is putting together a book on (horror of horrors) the culture of grass in England called Sward of Honour. It’s a brave crowd funding venture, and as I may well be going that route myself I’m happy to post the link to Unbound. unbound.co.uk

It’s the kind of material I would have found rather useful at the start of my research.