A gentle chat about the ordinary.
May blossom, 18th April 2015, hedgerow central southern England, abt 5x life size. Click for larger. Various common names.
My impression is of a late spring for trees, landscape is still bare some places, just the start of greening but normal of low growing plants. Cherry here has been in blossom for a week.
Photographed a little further north Wikipedia has a dated image of May Blossom,
Image (c)2006 Roger Gilbertson
2nd June 2006 “The May Blossom, or Hawthorn, has been particularly striking and long lasting in 2006. No doubt there is a folklore interpretation of what this portends.”
As we know 2006 was the warmest year in the UK and England since phonographs began, some kind of record. This is however misleading, the period from middle 2006 to middle of 2007 was exceptional but only apparent with data analysis which takes time properly into account. Spring 2006 was normal, not exceptional.
From 2005 variability has increased. Year or so 2012 into 2013 of slightly cooler, then elevated 2013 through late 2014, two long diversions. Past few months are back to mean, with no cold snap the past winter even though for some it seemed otherwise. This is for all of England. Data under OGL.
Turned around, on the opposite verge of the country lane, close hugging the ground in brilliant sunshine approaching noon are first Dandelion flowers.
Dandelion, stinging nettles and dead nettle are edible, used herbally, all common.
Look up and this is the view
No cattle fence, think the field is used for hay. I expect a prime spot for housebuilding unless someone owns the land specifically to keep an open view. Been a view here 50 years and more, precious.
Cherry blossom? Taken a few days ago as the first blooms opened
Post by Tim