First signs of Spring.


These Colt’s-foot ( Tussilago farfara) were photographed at Barnwell West reserve. A beautiful reminder that we’ve done it! Spring is here! This plant’s habit of flowering before the leaves appear has given it the folk-name of ‘Son-before-father’. It can be found on waste land or dry banks with loose soil. It strongly prefers clay.

Other pleasing signs have been the Butterbur flowers emerging at Paradise nature reserve, another plant which flowers before the leaves show. Also spotting the first Bumble bees emerging and  Brimstone butterflies at Bramblefields reserve. Hazel catkins with the tiny, red female flowers next to them and Pussy willow buds appearing at Logan’s Meadow  have all been welcome sights as well.

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