It's early April 2020 and spring is here. Although we are currently under the 'lock-down' scenario of the Covid19 virus, nature is still carrying on as usual. So let's take a look in my garden.

Bunbury Church

Apple Tree

With no thought except of spring, the apple tree knows it's time. Both leaves and flowers start to bud, beneath the early azure sky.

The sun shines on nobbly bark, while beneath the green stringy elements of a redcurrant bush flourish in its dappled light. These being the floral parts which later become juicy yet tartish tasting scarlet berries. Lovely for making redcurrant jelly.

(This small fruit is a rich source of vitamin C.
Higher than that of the apple above; per 100g)

Dragon's Claw.

With a name which really gets my imagination working is the Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa' commonly called the Corkscrew Willow, but also Dragon's Claw.

This particular twisting tree produces female catkins. Not in all the years I've lived here has it produced any until now. The only difference is that we have had continual rain from last autumn until a few weeks ago.

This tree possessing such a name
Its leaves that curl the very same.
Represents a time long gone.
When stories and life were but one.

Of dragons and knights they did tell
Stealing of claws to take and sell.
Perhaps deep in the darkened night
With only a fox there in sight.

Then such tales were part of life
To help in times so full of strife.
An aid to making sense of things
And animals who had large wings.

Corkscrew Willow Tree
Bunbury Lock

Yellow Archangel
or Yellow Weasel Snout

A small amount of hedging was removed last year.  Like its name this plant's root system cunningly took over the empty space.

Although known to be invasive, it has produced an abundance of spring colour to an otherwise uninteresting part of the garden.

A Solitary Daisy

The first daisy of the year. This small plant invades lawns and as such is either hated or loved.
Such a delicate flower, yet so hardy that even having its head cut off by a lawn-mower makes little difference.
Young children over generations have made countless daisy chains. While others plucked off their petals in the game of  'he loves me, he loves me not.'
 rhyme traveller bud

Snake's Head Fritillary

Once seen in meadows by the thousands these checkered flowers are becoming rarer in our countryside.
Here in the garden their lantern shaped heads are hanging just beneath a small bush. Absorbing the early morning sunshine amid the long grass that has been left to grow around them.

Soon disappearing, to be replaced in time by the pale lilac flowers of the nearby hosta.

The hazel tree has shed its catkins and is now unfurling its leaves.
In Celtic times groves of hazel trees were considered almost as sacred as those of the oak.
The most efficient of divining wands are said to come from the hazel.
Cornish tales say the pixies actually guided the rod to discover mines.

Even the hazelnut itself was believed to possess such divining powers. Still represented by Halloween which was known as 'Nutcracker Night'.

 rhyme traveller bud

The Flowers of The Laurel Hedge

Appearing as though a futuristic creation of a sci-fi book, the laurel hedge is also producing is flowers.

Laurel leaves were used in ancient greece as crowns and had mythological significance.