Friday, December 01, 2017
2 December 2017
I noticed, in Churchland Wood, that the hazels coppiced back in March this year still retain a full complement of green leaves whereas the larger hazels have lost theirs as have the coppiced sweet chestnuts and hornbeams. Maybe it is because they got off to a late start.
In addition to the hazel green, there are variations on the same colour provided by woodsage and foxgloves making attractive fresh-looking patches throughout the coppice.
Another variation in colour is provided by gold and green field maple leaves. Maples seem to do well in this area and this one is a seedling growing through the fence bordering the garden of Poplars Cottage.
As it was the beginning of December I cast about for any late stragglers among flowering plants but only managed to find a prickly sow-thistle (Sonchus asper) seemingly little damaged by recent frosts.