Thursday, August 9, 2012

Perfect weather for haymaking in Teesdale ...




    































 
Perfect weather for haymaking in Teesdale today .....


... turning hay to dry in dawn-to-dusk sunshine .....


.... and baling hay that was already dry .....


...... leaving bare fields that were full of hay meadow wild flowers a few weeks ago ....


     
































  .... but there are still mountain pansies flowering on the banks that are too steep to cut ....



.... and betony, a late summer flower of rough grassland and pastures, is in bloom ....


... with flowers that are almost as attractive as an orchid, while ....


    .... ripening hazel nuts are a reminder that autumn isn't far away ....


4 comments:

  1. It has been great to have wall to wall sunshine for a change. It sounded as though harvesting had started here last night as I could hear the drone of combines at bedtime.

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  2. Is not betony a lovey plant?
    I grow it in the garden and the insects love the flowers.

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  3. The farmers here are using this window of opportunity to get as much haymaking done as possible, John..

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  4. It is, isn't it Alison .... and flowering after a lot of other plants have finished too..

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