Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Springtime Walk


Today is the Spring Equinox and to celebrate B Baggins and I went for a walk with his friend Bertie and my friend P. This is a walk I haven't done before, it crosses farmland and there are ancient hedgerows and ancient woodland along the way. It's a much more sheltered environment than Blackamoor. We saw a lot of pussy willow and it looked lovely in the sunlight. Some of the photos that follow will be clearer if clicked on to enlarge them.


As we dropped into the woodland we were amazed to see that there were already one or two bluebells flowering.


After a steep climb out of the wood the path followed a hedge which was a mix of hawthorn and blackthorn and here and there the blackthorn was beginning to flower.


Mostly it was just odd twigs but every so often there was a small section covered in the snow white blossom. In a week or so it should be a wonderful sight and I shall try and go again and take a photograph of the whole hedgerow.


There were little patches of celandine flowering in the shelter of the hedge - it's a member of the buttercup family and the old country name for lovely bright yellow flowers is spring messenger.


Bertie and B Baggins on one of the very few occasions when they weren't racing about and rough and tumbling with each other!


Another wildflower that I shall be going back to take photos of in both Spring and Autumn is the wild arum - soon the flower spathe will appear but it's in the autumn when it's really fabulous with clusters of red berries. It has lots of country names, I called it Lords and Ladies but P said she knows it as Cuckoo-pint and another common name is Wake Robin.


More green leaves - this time it's wild garlic or ramsons, it's a bit early for the white flowers yet and I know a local wood which has great swathes of it and that will be the place for photos when it does flower.


Eventually we came to this ford where the path crosses the stream, there's also a narrow plank bridge which is how we crossed. At least P and I did - Bertie and B Baggins crossed the ford in the time honoured way through the water:)


The first real patch of wood anenomes that I've seen,the one in my last post was literally a single flower. In this sheltered environment they are more advanced. Not a great photo as they were on the other side of the stream and I only had my little Canon with me so not much in the way of a zoom.


These really took me by surprise - wild strawberry already flowering away on the hedge bank.


Yet more green leaves with promise of things to come - this is my friend Jack By The Hedge otherwise known as Garlic Mustard. Leaves, flowers and seed pods are all edible.


Towards the end of the walk I saw this large swathe of Golden Saxifrage, it's a plant of damp woodland and really pretty when it's in full bloom. This was a really enjoyable walk with lots
of wild flowers to see and of course the warm sunshine and blue skies helped too. We walked about 5 miles altogether and I could have taken lots more photos but I try to restrain myself when I'm walking with other people:)

27 comments:

*Sheila* said...

What a lot to see! The weather is glorious here too and I walked at the weekend with my sister, and slept like a baby that night. I have bulbs up and in bud, the first time for a long time that they have emerged so early. The blossom you saw is beautiful. The bread and cheese in your previous post brought back happy memories of my walk to school, where we would always dawdle to pick this. We would eat it too!
I am also very interested in the holloway you spoke about. It's marvelous to think about the thousands of feet that must have traveled it over the centuries.♥

Patricia said...

Such a pretty walk Rowan and what lovely flowers and greenery. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Kathy said...

What a lovely walk. I'm very jealous, stuck indoors all day long! i can't wait till the Easter holidays so we can get out and walk too!
xxx

Hildred and Charles said...

A wonderful early spring walk, and so nice to go along with you and see the photos of all the plants you are so familiar with. I love the thought of ancient farmlands, ancient hedgerows and ancient woodlands. We are such a new country as far as agriculture is concerned. Thanks for a walk in your lovely countryside. I enjoyed it as much as the B boys, Bertie and B. Baggins!!

Jenny Woolf said...

Catkins are so lovely, I wonder if kids still cut the branches and take them to school like we did, to put on the nature table. Probably they are not allowed to do it these days!

Dartford Warbler said...

What a lovely walk among so many spring flowers. Amazing that a wild strawberry was flowering in Yorkshire in March!

Dog Trot Farm said...

I feel as though I was strolling right along with you and B Baggins. The scenery appears so lush and green. How lovely the day was here and tomorrow 83 degrees, unheard of. Your friend from Maine, Julie.

Crystalrainbow said...

wow what a glorious walk in the spring time its amazing to go out and watch the seasons change, oh how i love it, thanks for taking us out with you... i enjoyed it so much. we here in cornwall are spring into life about the same as you, i saw my first bluebell on sunday too :) blessings to you at thie wonderful time of promise x x x

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Rowan, you really know your spring flowers. It looks like everything is starting to bloom there -- your photos are wonderful!

Gracie said...

I'd love to be in England in springtime, I've seen it only in winter and in full summer....

Mac n' Janet said...

Looks like spring has definitely come to your part of England, and it feels so good to be out in the woods at this time of year. I do envy your knowledge of plants.

elaine rickett said...

I love all the pictures of the spring flowers in such a beautiful setting too. I think it's about time I made my way to the woods to see what is about.

Monique @ Magpie Hollow said...

Happy Spring Equinox !!! Such wonderful pictures. I love the one of the dogs too. B. Baggins and Bertie seem to have a great time too.
Have a fabulous day.

Wanda..... said...

Loved the flowers and plants you discovered on your spring walk, Rowan. Our record breaking warm spring is producing early blooms too. Enjoyed your previous walk up the hollow lane too!

Nan said...

Oh, to be in England in the springtime.

WOL said...

Wow! Wish I'd been with you. A walk in the lovely green woods. Things are greening up here, too, finally and my irises are blooming after all -- at least the little yellow ones are.

Heidi said...

What a pretty place to walk! How beautiful spring is. I am enjoying the birdsong each day.

We just planted a hawthorn hedge and are so excited to see that each of the 20 hedges are sprouting green buds.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Kadeeae said...

Smiled all the way through your walk :)

Love the spring messenger, 'tis good to be alive, eh?!

Rosie said...

What a lovely walk! I've enjoyed looking at all the wonderful signs of spring in your photos:)

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful flower pictures. I saw a few strawberry plants blooming while I was on a walk in the park last weekend. They look so fresh and springy. Have a lovely rest of the week.
~Clara

Roy said...

Nice to see the first Bluebells D, even more so to see the wild strawberry, I guess you will sample the little sweet tasting fruits later on.{:)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love the old names for the flowers, and the photos are fabulous. What a wonderful walk on the first day of spring.

The Wild Fairy said...

Thanks so much for dropping by to say hello! Your photos are just gorgeous and I *love* Bertie and B. Baggins - they look like wonderful characters! Happy Spring to you!

The Summer Porch said...

Your weather looks amazing Rowan!
I always enjoy my visits to your blog and your lovely walks into nature with your dogs... Our weather has taken quite a dip since last week with a killer frost on it's way!
Hugs Rosemary...xxx

Morning's Minion said...

I'm reminded of a lovely bit of woods on a steep side hill near my Vermont home. There was a stream and all manner of early plants grew and flowered in the shade.
It was also where I usually saw the first garter snake of the season, slithering through the dry leaves just as I bent to sniff a clump of hepatica.

Comfrey Cottages said...

thank you for sharing your lovely walk! we are having blooms quite early this year. Such a pretty area:) xxxx

Foxglove Lane said...

Love how you observe the small living beings and plants. Your landscape is rich and often reminds me of my own few fields. Am glad you are minding it:~)