The garden and other commitments have put updating this blog on hold for a while but I have found time to get out and about recording signs of spring.
Of course, in many ways we have had had spring for several months now as the daffodils bloomed at Christmas (I still have plenty in bloom in the garden today with more varieties to come) and lots of plants really never died back at all. Even the few frosts we had here did little damage and many of the supposed annuals from last year have plenty of greenery on show now. Hopefully we will not have late frosts to finish them off.
I have photographed sticky buds, celandines and many of the usual signs of spring in recent weeks. Primroses and bluebells have been observed when out and about and at the weekend I found quite a few patches of blackthorn in bloom.
It is a very common hedging plant in this area and one of the glories in the coming weeks will be passing fields edged by what could be mistaken for drifts of snow as the blossom comes into its own. Beautiful though these hedgerows look, the blossom hides their vicious thorns, one of the things that makes them such a good hedging plant. They grow quickly yet the wood is very dense and hard making it a popular choice for walking sticks.
With the early Easter, the lambs are only just appearing in the fields but all these signs of new beginnings spur us on to make new starts, too.