This summer I’ve been busy working on various photography projects which has been really fulfilling and I’m dying to blog about them all. However recently I took off a couple of days to become a tourist in Gloucestershire and one of the places I’d always wanted to visit are the lavender fields at Snowshill. The time of day and the cloud cover didn’t lend itself to being captured very well, but along came my camera with its ‘Off Duty’ hat on!
I was thankful to hear that due to the weather they’d delayed harvesting which mean’t we were fortunate enough to see the horizon filled with beautiful little violet cloud hedges. It was also rather lovely to see the tourists from Japan having their portraits taken in such fabulous poses, among the lavender and meadow, something the British just don’t really pull of quite as well.
The different varieties of lavender was quite surprising, only recently treated myself to some new lavender and it was great to see them as mature plants; Rosea, Edelweiss & Little Lady, beauties! Just need to decide where to plant them to get the best of their mounding habit. I’m thinking under my row of small crab apples at the moment, but this could change and honestly my garden could really do with a complete makeover, so I’d best not plant them just yet!
Meadow corridors are positioned in various place around the lavender, encouraging pollinating insects and although it was a cloudy day, there was no keeping the humble bumble bee away. Their heavy hum was quite a lovely accompaniment during our wander. I did love the field of Phacelia and intend to spread this seed through my meadow this autumn, having had such an unsuccessful display this year I’m hopeful to get it right next summer, not that the wildlife has notified me of any objection! It’s been alive with toads, slow worms, crickets and butterflies this year, but to look at it is shameful and its time to start stomping through it to get everyone to find new homes, ready to be tidied up.