Holiday neglect has permitted the appearance of 7 spikes of Autumn Lady’s Tresses on our back lawn. They are pretty self-effacing little flowers though, and all too easy to mow once you start to get things Back Into Shape. that’s why there are just 5 today.
The more calculated neglect of our front lawn over several years has led to a varied meadow of Ox-eye Daisy and Yellow Rattle, with the odd Broad-leaved Helleborine in the shade and this year, for the first time, a Common Spotted Orchid.
While this colourful spectacle has its admirers - most recently the man come to read the gas-meter - my children are not among them.