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34. Paulownia trees produce seeds

23-28 July

Greater heat - Paulownia trees produce seeds
Butterflies bask in heat

Rosebay willow herb in flower
Foxgloves standing tall
Thistle heads beginning to seed.
Juvenile robins getting their red breast.
Whinberries edible


(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

33. Hawks learn to fly

17-22 July

Lesser heat - Hawks learn to fly
Acorns fall to the ground


Highest ever temperatures recorded, with a high of 37.8C
First signs of leaves yellowing.
Beech flowers in pavement cracks
Thistle heads in seed
First blackcurrants turning dark.






(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

32. First lotus blossoms

12-16 July

Lesser heat - First lotus blossoms
Flying ants fill the sky

Foraging raspberries
Blackberry fruit tight and green
Black-headed gulls losing their hoods
Cinnabar caterpillars on ragwort
Balsam bashing down by the river.



(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

31 Warm winds blow

7-11 July

Lesser heat - Warm winds blow
Birds in moult


Bracken now waist high
Magpies with no tail feathers
Winberries in flower
Skylarks serenade moorland walks
Heather beginning to flower



(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

30. Crow-dipper sprouts

2-6 July

Summer Solstice - Crow-dipper sprouts
Lavender assumes massive proportions


Nettles growing over rights of way
Mallard in eclipse - traces of green on heads
Bees in lavender



(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

29. Irises bloom

27 June - 1 July

Summer solstice - Irises bloom
Cool winds sometimes blow


Sunshine and showers
Blackcurrant flowers falling
Raspberries ripening on the bushes
Fields full of clover
Swallows learning to fly


(Based on 'Light Rains Sometimes Fall' by Lev Parikian. Used with permission - thank you)

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