The yellow lady's bedstraw is joining the white hedge bedstraw in flower, tumbling and gushing over the verge, mixing with knapweed, agrimony, yarrow, restharrow and vetch to give a beautiful palette of colour. Quite gorgeous.
Occasionally a drift of meadow cranesbill lights up the verdant greens - I thought it was common as I've seen them here and along the motorway....but in fact the Atlas shows it in few other places in Kent.
Also blooming marvellously, a bloody cranesbill, but this might well be an escapee.
Pellitory of the wall - an impressive name for an insidious weed in the garden, but looks good close up.Numerous-spotted ladybirdAlso in the tangle of the hedgerow are many nettles - beasts that hurt when you touch them, aren't they?
Or maybe not? When I were a nipper, we knew that nettles that had flowered did not sting, and so with my customary bravery I tested out the old theory - and indeed it is the case. Well, you learn the hard way when you are young.
More intriguingly, however, it was pointed out (thanks Mel!) that there was a variety of nettle in this hedgerow with narrower leaves and light-green stems that seemed to have many fewer stinging bristles, and although they had not yet flowered they did not sting. They were, in fact, almost furry. Nettles are notoriously variable, but does anyone have any ideas on this?
Plenty of barley sown around here this year - also rather furry to the touch.