springwatching- a little bit of botany!

David and I and the two dogs enjoyed a lovely walk yesterday on Easter Monday from Baslow up through Crocodile wood and back down again. Here’s a short list of the flowers I saw in bloom, – all very common but the total effect was reminiscent of the best of Shakespearian English countryside.  wonderful names.

Herb Robert, Lesser Celandine, Dandelions, Pink Campions, White Campions, Primroses, Purple Violets, Stitchwort, Bird’s Eye Speedwell, Vetch, Gorse Blossom, Bluebells, Cuckoo Flowers, Jack-by-the-Hedge, Cow Parsley,White DeadNettle, Red Dead Nettles, Yellow DeadNettles (maybe called something else!), crab apple blossoms, remains of the blackthorn and hawthorn blossom, -lots more I probably missed. A large peacock butterfly was sunning itself on a wall. The woods were full of misty bluebells.  The sky was a deep blue with wispy clouds, and three buzzards were circling. Chiffchaffs were calling in the woods, along with a black cap and chaffinches.  I felt completely happy, which is quite rare these days of struggle and care!

About mrsgarnettsgarden

After a life in International Development where I have seen many resililent women farmers bring abundance out of almost nothing, I'm now more often at home in Derbyshire with my husband David, a retired Archdeacon who runs the churches on the Chatsworth estate. Our garden and my allotment are the setting for a little diary of plants and pottering, aided and abetted by our dogs, Spaniel jess, and Collie, Pip. David is a hen fanatic so the chicken runs encroach ever nearer the house. I work freelance as an assessor for Comic Relief International grants, and also run a little not for profit agency to help African women get going in business, called "Lasting Solutions."
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