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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.
Ferns are stretching upwards and unfurling cautiously, reluctant to unclench their delicate tips until they’re sure its warm enough.
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.
Here and there the palette of greens is highlighted with delicate touches of pink and blue.
I could be happy living in a permanent state of Spring.
Thanks for sharing the link Tony, I had a quick look at the facebook site, will visit again for a better one. Are you finding it more rewarding than the blog?
Not necessarily so, but less time-consuming, than trying to form a blog post. You will be glad to know I’m still tracking my local and non-local phenology (nearly 20 years now) so someday I’ll get back to the blogging.
I have shared this on my FB page, naturestimeline, to which I am paying much more attention than my blog, naughty me. I hope you don’t mind.
Should you wish to visit, it can be found here.
Yes, you’re right, you can feel the energy, it almost seems to have a heartbeat, especially if the sun comes out for half an hour and warms things up. Thank you for identifying the dog’s mercury – I was only thinking yesterday that I will have to start carrying the wild flowers book on walks, but I have enough to cope with holding on to the delinquent dog if he spots a small furry. I’m learning a lot from your posts!
Thank you for reading and I’m happy you find some useful stuff in there. I learn a lot from writing the posts, as I keep coming across things I realise I either know nothing or very little about, or have previously taken for granted. There is always something new to discover about even the most familiar of things. I know how it feels to be out with a hyper-active dog too- we have a one-year old Labrador here that we still daren’t let off the lead!
Thank you Maggie, I love this time of year when everything is so fresh and photogenic.