We’ve been up on Childwall Fields again, looking for samples for Sarah’s continuing horticulture course. Among them the beautifully named Meadowsweet. We found a whole meadow of them, and so much more.
It’s high summer now and this precious suburban wilderness is at its wildest. Tall grasses, thistles and nettles you can get lost in, on a July afternoon’s searching for what’s growing under them and close by. Blink or turn away and you’ll miss some of these.
Coming through the woodland and out the other side we found the meadowsweet in its meadow.
Delicate as the climate and tough as nature.
And that’s not all.
Then Sarah found some Gypsywort, and studied it carefully.
Looking out from Liverpool, to England beyond.
There will soon be blackberries for the gathering.
And tiny details for the studying.
Up on Childwall Fields, on a July afternoon, in the summertime.