If you were to come to the Lugg Meadow, right now, you would find fritillaries growing - always a joy! They are more scattered about this year; fewer deep red snakeshead fritillary, mostly pure white with some creamy snakeshead ones. B. has come out for a walk with me and helps find the red snakeshead ones, being careful not to tread on them, as fritillaries are much smaller than you would think from the photographs.
The fritillaries are amidst dauntless dandelions. . . can you spot the Painted Lady by one or two buttercups? Soon the buttercups will cover the meadow in a sea of buttery yellow.
You will also find an abundance of Lady's-Smocks -
"Dainty as a fairy's frock, White and mauve, of elfin sewing, 'Tis the meadow-maiden growing".
I love the flower fairies, by Cicely Mary Barker especially her description of elves sewing flowers. . . . the meadow is a magical place.
Remember to look up, to see blackthorn and wild white cherry blossom clusters!
And all the time the River Lugg continues to flow, meandering, to join the Wye further down at Mordiford.
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