Sunday, 22 February 2009

Floral Notes

The weather for the last few days has been beautiful here, it has been mild, sunny and Spring like, such a joy after the recent ice and snow. We had such a poor Summer last year (and not much better the year before) that it seems like we have been waiting for good weather for years now!

For me the flowers that are the first harbingers of Spring are the beautiful Winter Aconites (Eranthis) which are members of the Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae)

The photo above of Winter Aconites in bud was taken by my husband in mid-January 2005 and the photo below of Winter Aconites in flower was taken from Wikipedia.

The next wild flower I always look forward to finding on a country walk is the Violet (Viola); there is the Common Dog Violet (Viola Riviniana) and the lovely scented Sweet Violet (Viola Odorata). I remember as a child going on country walks with my mother and brother and eagerly looking under hedgerows and in ditches for the first Violets of the year.

The photo above of the Common Dog Violet was taken from Wikipedia and the photo below of the Sweet Violet was also taken from Wikipedia.

My favourite wild flower though has always been the Common Primrose (Primula Vulgaris). Childhood visits to the local woods hunting for Primroses was an annual and much anticipated event.

The picture below of Common Primroses was taken last year by my husband.


  1. Such gorgeous flowers and I too love violets and primroses. I tried commenting on your blog a couple of days ago, but couldn't for some reason. I am glad it seems to work now.

  2. Hi Kallen,
    Thanks very much for visiting. Yes someone told me there was a problem, my browser is firefox which was fine but for some reason IE and others could not access it but after deleting a post and then re-posting it seems ok. I am quite new to this so it's a bit of a learning curve.
    It is lovely to share thoughts with like minded people from near and far.

  3. I just stopped by via Kim @ Kitchen Window Birder to say welcome as a new blogger from another 'new' blogger, but watch out it can become addictive.
    Great to see colour appearing again. I'll be popping back from time to time. Cheers, Frank

  4. Thank you Frank for visiting and for your very warm welcome. I can quite see how addictive this can become, I have had some late nights already but it certainly opens up a whole new world.
    I shall be popping over to visit you now.

  5. Hi there ShySongbird :-)

    What wonderful images! I can hear the birdsong just looking at them ;-)

    Great to see comments too, that opens up your blog in yet another way allowing you to meet new blogs and bloggers. Great stuff :-D

  6. Hi Shirl,
    Thanks for visiting. Yes there is nothing like that sense of Spring in the air especially after a period of severe weather.

    Yes it's lovely to find how many people there are in this often harsh world who share a love of the gentler things in life, I think it's very easy to lose sight of how many good and decent people there are when we hear so much of the bad things that happen.


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