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Looking up!

I recently published my blog about the winter garden at Dunham Massey. (see “The Winter Garden at Dunham Massey”) This wonderful area of planting is beautifully situated within and underneath an area of mature trees, some of great age and height, so my camera wandered upwards and shot some pictures.

Jet aircraft from the nearby airport painted white lined art against the deep blue of the sky.

The tracery of bare winter branches bursting from the thick trunks of the mature trees painted far more delicate works of art in the sky. No straight lines in their doodlings.

In this avenue the gardeners have added their personal touches to the trees’ artwork with their pleaching work.

The artwork below has been created over decades by the growth and development of this huge tree, creating its own unique textures and patterns.

Looking up gave surprises and delights, looking up into the world enjoyed by birds and insects. Looking up also concentrated and enhanced our listening, affording us the joy and thrill of hearing the calls of Nuthatches, Goldcrests and the Titmice family against the drumming sound of Woodpeckers.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

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