CHANG­ING SCENERY

Landscape (UK) - - In The Home -

In late spring, the same land­scape in Swaledale is ablaze with colour. The mead­ows are in flower, and the blan­ket that cov­ers them has changed from white to gold. While the yel­lows of but­ter­cup, yel­low rat­tle and globe flower pre­dom­i­nate, closer in­spec­tion re­veals flow­ers of many other hues. Carol Raw, wife of farmer, Wil­liam, re­veals that she walked out one day and be­gan count­ing the num­ber of species she could see. “I gave up when I got past 20,” she says. Wood cranes­bill is an eas­ily spot­ted res­i­dent, with its dis­tinc­tive bluish-vi­o­let blooms. Oth­ers in­clude the pignut, with its small um­bels of white flow­ers on del­i­cate stems, and the frothy, lime-green sprays of lady’s man­tle. Dur­ing win­ter, the seeds of these flow­ers lie dor­mant be­neath the frozen ground, ready to erupt with the sun’s warm­ing rays.

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