Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Larch in Summer

The flowers / cones on the larch in Colinton Dell aren't changing much at this time of the year, though they do look particularly nice in the glorious sunshine we're enjoying at the moment.

the trunk of the larch is still oozing some kind of resin

while spiders have left the remains of webs in the bark (you should be able to see the old webs in the lower dark hollow in the centre of the photo)

and the wildflower meadow looks lovely from under the shade of the larch tree

meanwhile by the side of the river, I was delighted to find this common spotted orchid in full bloom

there is a field near the river which has lots of these orchids growing in it (you can see photos from a couple of years ago here) but this is the first orchid I've seen so close to the riverbank.

Meanwhile the air was full of the squawking of what sounded like a family of sparrowhawks getting ready to fledge.

Thanks to everyone who entered my blog giveaway to win a pdf of my book Bougainvillea Dancing. The competition is now closed and I'll choose a winner in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile if you collect coins, you may be interested in the 1943 British half penny piece that is now in the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop.


The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely photos Juliet. I never cease to be amazed at how beautiful the scenery is so near to Edinburgh city.

TexWisGirl said...

such a pretty area.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Always such amazing flora and fauna all around you :) thank you for sharing.

Caroline Gill said...

A lovely larch post, Juliet. I'm just back from Scotland and beginning to study my silver birch with the next post in mind. We saw some beautiful orchids, particularly south of Oban.

eileeninmd said...

I have been enjoying your larch following..A pretty tree and area. The wildflower is beautiful. Have a happy day!

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

The tree I'm following oozes resin too - and the webs of spiders seem to last longer there than on other trees. (At least, I assume it's that rather than there are more spiders present. For all their web threads I haven't seen one spider on the bark yet.)