After a cold April, and a wet winter, the long spells of sunshine and the warmer temperatures that May brings were always likely to cause Salisbury Plain to burst into life. And this weekend, it has. Buttercups everywhere. The long tall red-tinged grasses I don’t know the name of swayed in the wind. Umbellifers provided lines and clumps of white amid the yellows. The hawthorns and blackthorns were clouded with white blossoms.
Near Compton the grasses were tall and umbellifers limned the location of an old hedgerow.
On the very top of the down, above East and West Chisenbury, the fields were thick with white and yellow:
All the yellow spreading across the Plain is mainly the result of the buttercups:
As the summer wears on, and the buttercups fade away, the distances across the Plain will take on a red hue as these grasses (which I don’t know the name of!) predominate:
… and poppies begin to bloom more abundantly than this lone example:
Finally, it should also be noted that if the burgeoning world has gone all white and yellow, it is also because of the hawthorn, blackthorn, and all the other shrubs and trees now drifting white across the Plain:
May Blossom Everywhere
And that is the story of my day…