Recent rainfall has given a boost to the growth of new vegetation and in the woodlands fresh greenery, in a myriad of shades and forms abounds….
Perfect new leaves of Sycamore - Acer pseudoplatanus
Oak before ash, in for a splash
Ash before oak, in for a soak ..
Leaves of the Ash tree are breaking from their tight buds
Horse chestnut trees seem to be in differing stages of growth; some still have new leaves breaking from their ‘sticky-buds’, others are in full leaf , while yet others are flowering.
Horse chestnut leaves breaking from their 'sticky-bud'
A fully open horse chestnut leaf
Horse chestnut tree with flower buds
Eristalis pertinax -Tapered drone fly - basking on new leaves of bramble - rubus
A fern frond unfurling
Another 'garlicky' plant; Garlic mustard -Alliara petiolara is an erect herb of open woodlands and disturbed soil that has dark green, heart-shaped, scallop-edged, deeply veined, long-stalked basal leaves that grow up to 5" across. Leaves are a food plant of the Orange Tip butterfly larvae.
Garlic mustard flower buds
Ferny leaf of Cow parsley - Anthriscus sylvestris
Dog's mercury-mercurialis perennis
The furled green spathe of a wild arum (cuckoo pint, lords & ladies)
The green spathe unfurls to reveal the purple spadex