It's that time of the year when all the magnolia trees shed their little furry cases they've been sporting since February, and their magnificent flowers erupt into view, the most beautiful blooms sported by any tree.
Beautiful yes, but useless, I tend not to see any pollinators on these flowers. But at the moment they are making the town look stunning.
This at a time when the crocuses have suddenly gone, and the glory of the snows is on the way out too. Another time of change. The spanish bluebells have started appearing in sporadic locations, and the various white flowers I can never identify are appearing too - by the library where the flower bees feed off them, a few in Friary Gardens.
Soon saxifrage will be rampant in the cemetery. Everything is very ephemeral during spring.
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