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, tight in bud
And apple blossom full-open, a fit bouquet for any spring bride
The Wild Cherry was blooming even in March. But I found some still holding on . . .
Cast not a clout till May be out. Despite it’s still only April, this May blossom was already ‘out’ (aka the Hawthorn)
Another cherry . . . . this one’s the Bird Cherry
Not all of spring’s colour comes from the flowers. These fantastically coloured leaves belong to the Black Poplar
The Horse Chestnut tree shows the first signs of its flowers
Cowslips . . .
. . . and Oxlips, seen now in meadows and tucked into hedges
A variant on the usual pale ‘primrose’ colour. This one’s more of a mauve. It grows prolifically around Surlingham
And already our hedgerows take on that distinctive acid-yellow tunge of the Roman-introduced Alexanders
Along hedgerows and into the woods . . . Cow Parsley
Despite its name . . . Meadow Saxifrage . . . I found this on an abandoned train embankment
Turning to wetter places . . . so many species of sedge, but this one at least is easily identified. The Pendulous Sedge.
Marsh Marigolds began to show themselves in March. Now into April their bright yellow flowers echo the sun
This was a new one on me: Few-Flowered Garlic!
But this is a favourite from childhood. Ramsoms, aka Wild Garlic
Is it Watercress? No. It’s purple stamens says it is Large Bittercress. But they grow in the same marshy lands
Nature’s flower garden in this wetland setting . . .
Back to the hedgerows (and into the woods) with this ‘Lords and Ladies’
Bluebells . . . yet this photo was taken 22nd April. The bluebells in this particular woods aren’t usually in flower until into May
Bluebells . . . close up and personal
Where the are bluebells, there are usually Red Campion.
My first ever encounter with Spring Beauty, an unusual flower, here in a hedgerow.
On the edge if a field . . . Sun Spurge
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