Things are changing fast. By the weekend every picture I've taken will be out of date - so here's an interim report . . . of Spring.
Alexanders. There are thousands of them here but they don't grow all over the country and I'd guess the majority of Loose and Leafy readers are unfamiliar with them. I'll give them more space in another post. Meanwhile, suffice it to say that this little cluster of flowers is, in real life, only a couple of inches across. When you look at the plant in passing, you just see lumpy umbelly things - light yellow. It's the leaves which attract more attention - big and dark and glossy. So, in advance of looking at the whole plant - here's a close up, I think it's beautiful. (When the summer gets going, they'll smell nice too.)
Hawthorn leaves are still delicate. When the sun shines on them, they are light and fresh and one's spirits rise.
These are about 3mm.
|Blackberries - some leaves are bursting. Not many yet - but here they come.|
|Still spiky and leafless - blackthorn.|
A few flowers are opening. Seeing the first blackthorn flowers open is always an exciting moment.
|And the elder shoots we've been watching.|
You can tell the weather is dry. When it rains, the orange lichen turns green.
A bulletin, then, this post.
Everything is racing.
Spring should be re-named sprint.
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