Our Lovely Essex: with landscaped gardens out of bounds, it’s back to nature

Dandelion clock: "A great source of nectar for bees – don’t cut them under your fruit trees until the yellow petals have gone. It’s the dandelions that attract the pollinators before they move up to the blossom."

“Apple blossom in my Saffron Walden garden signals a bumper crop”
Cowslips on the verge towards Chesterford
Woodland path at Essex Wildlife Trust’s site in Ashdon
Log pile on the same EWT reserve
Wild garlic: “There has been an abundance this year and I’ve used it in my cooking throughout May as a fresh, healthy vitamin-rich foraged supplement to lockdown food”

Jackie Damary-Homan graces today’s Our Lovely Essex with a series of shots that take her a little out of her natural habitat.
“Normally I am leading coach outings for Saffron Walden Horticultural Society and taking pictures of landscaped gardens, but this year it’s all back-to-nature shots,” says Jackie, who has been a member of CPRE for “15-plus years”.
The horticultural society’s loss is our gain, Jackie, at least for the time being…