April Flowers

Spring seems to have come early this year. Everywhere, flowers not usually in bloom till May are putting forth their colourful blossoms. Here are a few seen on my walks this month . . .

Apple Blossom

Apple blossom, tight in bud

Apple blossoms 2

And apple blossom full-open, a fit bouquet for any spring bride

Wild Cherry blossoms

The Wild Cherry was blooming even in March. But I found some still holding on . . .

Hawthorn blossom

Cast not a clout till May be out. Despite it’s still only April, this May blossom was already ‘out’ (aka the Hawthorn)

Bird Cherry blossom

Another cherry . . . . this one’s the Bird Cherry

Black Poplar leaves of spring

Not all of spring’s colour comes from the flowers. These fantastically coloured leaves belong to the Black Poplar

Horse Chestnut flowers

The Horse Chestnut tree shows the first signs of its flowers

Cowslips

Cowslips . . .

Oxlip

. . . and Oxlips, seen now in meadows and tucked into hedges

Primrose purple form

A variant on the usual pale ‘primrose’ colour. This one’s more of a mauve. It grows prolifically around Surlingham

Alexanders

And already our hedgerows take on that distinctive acid-yellow tunge of the Roman-introduced Alexanders

Cow Parsley

Along hedgerows and into the woods . . . Cow Parsley

Meadow Saxifrage

Despite its name . . . Meadow Saxifrage . . . I found this on an abandoned train embankment

Pendulous Sedge in flower

Turning to wetter places . . . so many species of sedge, but this one at least is easily identified. The Pendulous Sedge.

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigolds began to show themselves in March. Now into April their bright yellow flowers echo the sun

Few-flowered Garlic

This was a new one on me: Few-Flowered Garlic!

Ramsons

But this is a favourite from childhood. Ramsoms, aka Wild Garlic

Large Bittercress

Is it Watercress? No. It’s purple stamens says it is Large Bittercress. But they grow in the same marshy lands

Marsh flowers

Nature’s flower garden in this wetland setting . . .

Lords and Ladies

Back to the hedgerows (and into the woods) with this ‘Lords and Ladies’

Bluebell woods

Bluebells . . . yet this photo was taken 22nd April. The bluebells in this particular woods aren’t usually in flower until into May

Bluebells upclose

Bluebells . . . close up and personal

Red Campion

Where the are bluebells, there are usually Red Campion.

Spring Beauty

My first ever encounter with Spring Beauty, an unusual flower, here in a hedgerow.

Sun Spurge

On the edge if a field . . . Sun Spurge

Dandelion, Forgetmeknots and White Dead Nettle

I do wonder if displays like this were inspiration for the English love of the mixed flower border. Here, Forget-me-nots, Dandelions and White Dead Nettle easily vie with any gardener’s efforts

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After years as a multi-colour octopus in entertainment, now chilling and writing
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6 Responses to April Flowers

  1. Brian Bixby says:

    I pass by an apple tree on my way to the grocery store, and it, too, is on bloom. Haven’t smelt the lilacs, yet.

    • crimsonprose says:

      Apparently we have lilacs in bloom, but I haven’t noticed them . . . my daughter tells me . . . despite I’ve walked right past them! (She tells me.)

      • Brian Bixby says:

        And wouldn’t you know, just after I wrote that, I ran into at least two lilac bushes in blossom!

      • crimsonprose says:

        Yea, I do like the smell of it too. Though yesterday I was all-but overwhelmed with the combined scents of bluebells, May blossoms and Seed-Oil rape (in the adjoining fields). And it wasn’t even a warm sunny day!

  2. Judy says:

    A beautiful set. I especially like the up close and personal bluebells. But, all speak loudly that spring has sprung.

    • crimsonprose says:

      I was concerned that the resolution isn’t as high as I’ve been using of late for the posts. But high resolution not only gobbles up the WP allowance, but also takes longer for the reader to load. Compromise is sometimes needed. 🙂 But, yes, the bluebells and apple blossoms, to me, are the real tellers of spring

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