There's a word that's no longer much used: greenwood. It was used to refer to woodland in summer, often seemingly in relation to outlaws: Robin Hood was always going off into the greenwood. Thomas Hardy wrote a novel entitled Under the Greenwood Tree and the word was used by Shakespeare and in historical ballads and so on.
Walking in Fineshade in May the word is so apt - everything it seems is green... the grass, the shrubs, the trees, the mosses. All green, just green. It is certainly a green wood - a greenwood.
But then, once you start to think about it, there are different types of green, different shades of green. There are dark greens and light greens; or perhaps they are pale greens? There are bright, vibrant greens and dull, muted greens. There are yellowy greens and silvery greens.
How many shades of green can you see here?
Look carefully ... just what shade of green is that?
Pea green, or sea green or aquamarine?
Emerald green, or bottle green?
Could you call that olive green? or maybe pistachio?
Can we find any fluorescent green?
Grass green, moss green, sedge green and sage green
Lemony green and lime green.
Perhaps it's Lincoln green or hunting green. Apple green or spring green.
Then there's watery green. How many shades of green is that?
Then there's soft green, turquoise-green, blue-green, grey-green and bright green.
What about British racing green and lettuce green?
So perhaps there are fifty shades of green in this greenwood... once you start to look for them, and I really recommend that you do.
Let's start the Green Appreciation Society!