I haven’t scooted down my regular route in a while so, as the weather was pleasant, we did the local dog walk on Friday. It was cloudy and cool, but not unpleasantly cold.
Acid yellow fields of oilseed rape in full bloom really stand out from the rest of the landscape .
Newly emerged arable crops are still so small that the rows are clearly visible.
There are plenty of lambs about too.
On the verges, dandelions and lime green spikes of crosswort dominate.
The first red campion flowers have opened. They will flower all summer.
A few bluebells can be seen in the shade of the hedgerows.
Patches of primroses, my favourite spring flower, are flowering profusely.
Garlic hedge mustard grows under the hedges too. This is the food plant of the orange tip butterfly. I only saw one. On sunny days there are more.
Under the trees the blue of the forget-me-nots stands out
Hawthorn flower buds are just opening. The saying “Cast ne’er a clout till may is out” refers to hawthorn or may blossom rather than the month. It basically means that you shouldn’t shed any clothes (clouts) until the flowers are fully open. I’m keeping the layers on for now!
I could hear lots of birds but no lapwings or skylarks, which usually nest in the fields here. I must listen out for them. I could hear the yellowhammers though. I love their lilting song.
Emerging bumblebees were particularly enjoying the nectar of the white deadnettles
In the woods, by the stream the red stems of water avens flowers are emerging.
I hadn’t noticed this fallen branch before .It will soon be hidden by foliage, but for now you can see the mesh of honeysuckle stems that have grown around it.
Most of the trees are covered in ivy. The stems at the foot of the trunks are quite old and gnarled, but honeysuckle is starting to grow through these too.
So many signs of spring, with lots of new growth and emerging spring flowers. This is such a hopeful time of year.
What are the spring highlights in your neighbourhood?