A walk in the Park

by Ian Bushell

I took my permitted exercise at the park over lunchtime. There were just eight cars when I arrived at noon and only fifteen when I left an hour later.  People were well spaced all around the park; everybody seems to be taking the new regulations seriously.

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Crocus vernus

Ian Bushell has sent in a picture of Crocus vernus doing its best in heavy rain, with this message:

“. . . this is the small clump of Spring Crocus (Crocus vernus) on the edge of the copse by the pond.  Naturalised as a result of escape from cultivation/or possibly introduced to SCP.”

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Lesser Celandine

The lesser celandines (Ficaria verna) are in flower. Celandines are the floral equivalent of the swallow, they appear around the same time and mark the coming of spring. In fact the word celandine comes from the Greek name for swallow: chelidon. One of its local names is spring messenger; others are brighteye, butter and cheese, frog’s foot, golden guineas and, less romantically, pilewort because it was once used to treat haemorrhoids.

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Despite being battered by the weekend’s storm, the blackthorn is just beginning to flower; you’ll find it at the top of the hill as you leave Simpson’s Field.

Early daffodils

These are not the daffodils we planted in the autumn of 2017; these are a rapidly spreading clump at the bottom of Kestrel Field on the edge of the copse.

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The snowdrops are opening

The snowdrops in the copse in the southern corner of Village Green are beginning to open.

Video by Neil Bromhall
Header picture taken in the park by DKG

Here’s one of last year’s posts from snowdrop time:

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