The recent spell of dry sunny weather has seen ever increasing signs of the coming of new life in the spring. Many crocuses and daffodils are already past their best. As usual, the willow is the first tree to show signs of life, while the branches of others are still bare.
This year, more than most, we psychologically need the boost of burgeoning life that comes with spring.
There is no time like Spring, When life’s alive in everything,
Spring. What a great time to be spending a lot of time at home, when we are lucky enough to have a garden. The daily progression of some of the plants is quite remarkable. Here, individual allium flowers are just starting to come out, 6 petals and 6 stamens each; there was just a single one a couple of days ago. Just look how many individual flowers there are, burgeoning out. Soon it will be a huge ball of flower.
There’s a flower that shall be mine, ‘Tis the little Celandine.
The lesser celandine is now in flower in our garden, along with the dandelions, but well before the buttercups come out. What a beautiful flower!
In the UK these flowers are a traditional harbinger of spring, typically the first flowers to appear in woodland. According to Wikipedia, the leaves of this attractive plant are poisonous if ingested raw, and it is regarded as an invasive species in parts of the USA and Canada, as it can succeed to the detriment of native wildflowers.
Also known as Ficaria Verna, pilewort (haemorrhoid remedy), fig buttercup.