Thursday, 29 March 2012

All the small things

There's something about this lovely Spring weather that makes me think about all the small things, and I find myself noticing tiny creatures and of course delicate new flowers.

The weather has been glorious here this week and I've been enjoying early walks with Molly looking out for more small spring beauties. The wild violet is one of my favourites.

These star shaped wild garlic flowers are found everywhere in the woods. Wild garlic has a very similar taste to domestic garlic, yet slightly milder. The leaves are delicious raw or cooked and work well in salads and soups.

The Red Campion is apparently not so common as it used to be, but we see lots around here.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Signs of Spring

This lovely little flower signifies for me that Spring is on it's way! It grows in a special, hidden place in the woods at Budock where we take the children and dogs for a run - it's quite magical there - the children know all the secret places where the fairies, pixies and gnomes are.

We've had a week of grey skies, but this morning the sun was shining and everywhere there is this lovely cow parsley just coming into flower. I love all the stages of cow parsley - this soft yellow green early on, then the exuberant foaming white at the height of summer, and later on the strong shapes of the dried flower heads.

The hawthorn fascinates me - this pretty little flower on the stark empty stems.

And look - a tiny wild bluebell just showing it's colour. There are some wonderful gardens here to visit to see carpets of bluebells - they will be at their height in May, but I love to find the early ones hidden away.

The weeping willow in my garden is just beginning to show its soft velvety buds.

I think the reason that the first signs of Spring are so exciting is that they are delicate, fragile and so fresh every year. It has to cheer us up after the winter cold. Once they start to appear of course they then come in abundance everywhere you look.