Sunday, 20 February 2011
Walking with the children in the woods in Strumpshaw on the family half-term holiday visiting granny back in Norfolk. No sign of frogs in the pond here but the wood is full of spring flowers. Snowdrops now everywhere as Mum splits up the bunches each year and also many groups of beautiful yellow aconites. Lots of large leaved plants coming through ahead of the wild garlic and I think these are emerging 'lords and ladies' but I'm surprised that there are so many or it may be that it just seems that way as without much other ground foliage they are particularly visible. Small shoots of early wild garlic are everywhere and it will soon dominate the landscape and cover the entire wood with a knee high recognizeably fragrant green carpet.