Monday, 3 February 2020

Helleborine Time

I got a bit stuck today. I had intended to walk to Kelham Hall to see the snowdrops today, but the path was blocked by ploughed field behind the rugby club. Ploughed fields in winter months are no good for walkers, as you end up carrying about half the field with you on your shoes by the time you leave it.

This is a very hatable thing, and I do indeed hate it.

So I just restricted myself by walking around the club and heading back into town, watching the flock of around 200 redwing fly around the ground; they were using the second pitch for feeding and were far too easily spooked to let me get within a mile of them.

Earlier in the day I'd visited the library and was surprised to see no dwarf iris growing in their usual place, but the green and oriental helleborine are in flower. I wonder if it had been a milder day today if any wakeful bees would have been having a feed. It won't be long I'm sure, although we are having a brief cold snap tonight; it is getting very chilly out there, in my garden where the outside bulb has failed and I have taken delivery of a mega plant that was formerly at the parental home.

"Parental" rather than "My Parents". It is so hard to have to write that.


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  1. I must go and have a look at the Winter Garden at the Botanic Garden in Cambridge some time. Daffodils all blooming along the roadside where I went yesterday.


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  3. Lovely to see colour here and there with a few flowers now starting to bloom! Delightful images Si!

  4. Thank you both, lots of crocuses in the cemetery by now, I hope

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