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It would seem Mother Nature has finally reached the point at which she is fed up holding back until we get a decent spell of warmer weather to declare it really is Spring, and decided to go for it regardless. In just seven days the progress of new growth bursting forth has been almost unbelievable and in Fairy Glen, the energy output is almost tangible.

I never cease to be amazed by the sheer number of shades of green, the beautiful shapes and textures of leaves.

Shiny new ash leaves

Shiny new ash leaves

soft new beech leaves shaking out the wrinkles

soft new beech leaves shaking out the wrinkles

Sycamores already have flowers

Sycamores already have flowers

holly leaves

holly leaves

blackthorn blossom is almost over now

blackthorn blossom is almost over now

Ferns are stretching upwards and unfurling cautiously, reluctant to unclench their delicate tips until they’re sure its warm enough.

fern fronds are almost unfurled

fern fronds are tall and almost unfurled

Plants on the woodland floor know their days in the sunlight are numbered and are rushing to flower; some such as the dog’s mercury are almost done already.

dog's mercury

dog’s mercury

130517tgflwr4-garlic mustard flowers & buds

garlic mustard

Here and there the palette of greens is highlighted with delicate touches of pink and blue.

130517tgflw4-herb robert against tree bark

herb robert

speedwell

I could be happy living in a permanent state of Spring.