Wednesday, March 30, 2011

still sleeping

one of last year's caterpillars still hibernating found amongst grass and ivy twigs. Despite its distinctive appearance I can't pin down which moth/butterfly species it belongs to.

Monday, March 28, 2011

periwinkles and more

periwinkle growing in a hedgerow near Lidwell 

 a lovely lemony tulip marking the site of the remains of one of our deceased dogs

 some common field speedwell making its first appearance of the year

Monday, March 14, 2011

more Spring favourites

the rae and exotic purple toothwort, spreading like wildfire in a wood near you

daffodils and dogs


both types of daffodil are to be found growing on the banks of the Inny, but only the lower photo shows our native daffodil which is short and slender and has a simple trumpet

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

more Spring

 on the road to Down House

the succulent leaves of orpine pushing up through the leaf litter from last year. Orpine is one of the first of our wild perennials to emerge, and yet is one of the last to flower (in August September). Now that Spot's amanuensis has returned from the wild shores of Borneo (see below) and the even wilder clutches of Saga he can start blogging again.

dawn at Turan beach and Mrs Spot owner doing her thing.