Spring and a smile……

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Spring and Wood Anemones…

The sun breaking thru to the woodland floor has brought out into flower this clump of snow white Wood Anemones….and of course this wonderful spring day brought a broad smile to my face….and with temperatures rising to 18c what is not to like…Spring is here.

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Morning started with long shadows,  despite a hint of red in the early light, it did take a while to warm up, but then the sun was bringing its new life and sparkle to all corners of the woodland and surrounding meadows.  Blackthorn is full of its white blossoms, new leaves are breaking out of their swelling buds on Sycamore and Chestnut .  Deep in the woods the fresh leaves for the Bluebells that will give us their carpet of blue later in the month are now breaking through the covering of winters leaves.  The yellow jewel like buds of the wild Celandine are also popping out…you have to make the most of these much underrated wildflowers….they are at first sparse on the ground then all of a sudden a thick yellow and green carpet and very soon after they shrivel and brown and die.

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There is both good news and possibly bad news over in the Ash Field.

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The good news is that we have been keeping a close eye on these mature native Ash trees.  The deadly ‘ash die back disease’ is still spreading and causing havoc to some woodlands….thankfully another winter has passed and these beautiful specimens appear disease free.

The bad news is that although it is hard to detect on the above image the leaves are actually unfurling from their buds. Now if you believe old country folklore you will know the rhyme..

Ash before Oak

we are in for a soak

Oak before Ash

we are in for a splash

You can choose to believe or not….but in this corner of middle England, the Oak have yet to show their colours !

4th April

(C) David Oakes 2017

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