An ode to the unsung heroes of spring: buds

Ask ten people what they like about spring, and half of them will probably mention flowers – lovely bright daffodils, carpets of multicoloured primroses, streets filled with cherry trees… Gardeners wait eagerly for shrubs and trees to emerge from their winter sleep and become covered in tender green leaves. But before that, there’s a very short,…

Bluebell time!

Bluebell carpets are a classic sign of spring in the UK, so here’s mine, in White Downs, a few miles East of Guildford : Now, for the botany, bluebells, which were once part of the same family as hyacinths, grape hyacinths and squills, now belong to the huge family Asparagaceae – regrouping plants as diverse…

An after work stroll at Pucks Oak orchard

On Tuesday, the sun finally decided to shine again on Surrey, a perfect opportunity to discover a new reserve, only 10 minutes from my workplace. Meet Pucks Oak Orchard, a traditional orchard that has been restored.  It forms part of the McAlmont Reserves, a collection of natural sites near Compton, maintained by volunteers and the…

A pool of mystery…

Some say it is a sacred site that was used by druid for ritual offerings. Some say the famous author Agatha Christie visited the surroundings during her mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926. Some say the ghost of a drowned maiden still haunts the lake nowadays… One thing’s for sure : it casts a spell on…

Fascination of plants day – Spring in its best

Thanks to Tim from Notes of Nature 🙂 , I discovered that May 18th was supposed to be the First international “Fascination of Plants Day” . There is one thing for sure : in the heart of the European Union, Brussels, there was very little publicity for the event! 😦 Many activities were organized in European…