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.