signs of spring
By audave2505, Jan 9 2021 05:05PM
I had a walk around our plot today (Saturday 9 Jan) and found a few encouraging signs of spring. A pale violet in flower on the south-facing bank beyond our boundary hedge, some bitter-cresses and a wild strawberry flowering in sheltered sunny spots and four basal leaf rosettes of Lizard Orchids on the southern, more wild half of the lawn. In the photo you can see the orchid surrounded by cyclamen leaves - a species that ony finished flowering a month or two ago. I found other unknown orchid leaves possibly Greater Butterfly, but no sign yet of our Tongue or Green-winged Orchids or the Autumn Lady's Tresses. It has been cold and frosty most nights recently but the afternoons can be surprisingly warm in a sheltered sunny spot...but not enough for butterflies quite yet!
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