The Second Frost

With the springtime wild world and a backdrop of Easter bells ringing. Not real frost, of course, although the Surrey Hills had a few flakes of snow a fortnight back – hard to remember in today’s sun.

It’s blackthorn, spring’s showy pioneer.

Spring blossom 19 Apr 19

The ground, too, is waking, and dewdrops brighten the flowers.

Bluebell dew drops 19 Apr 19

Bluebells are now at their peak, carpeting our oldest woods in shimmering sapphire.

Khamsin in bluebells 21 Apr 19

I must have seen a thousand cowslips on Saturday’s walk.

Cowslip dew drops2 19 Apr 19

Meanwhile, the mysterious toothwort sprouts flowers without leaves. Unlike almost all other flowers, it doesn’t photosynthesize, instead getting its nutrition from its host. That is usually hazel or alder.

Toothwort and little slug 19 Apr 19

Spring is beautiful, but there is an intrigue and depth to that beauty, and a lesson in how different strands of life support each other. I am grateful that there is always so much more to see and learn.

10 thoughts on “The Second Frost

      1. It is always a pull to decide between bluebells and heather bloom. I’d love to see both! If I hit the lottery, I could spend months touring NT gardens and the backcountry. πŸ˜‰

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  1. I love too all the sweet smelling and looking flowers but my allergies are had a high. everything in Southern Ca bloomed so early this year, Only time the hills are great is this time of the year. As soon as the heat hits, everything turns brown. So I double up on my meds so I can enjoy all the beauty, it’s worth it.

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    1. Hi there, welcome to my blog! πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear that you are suffering with allergies.

      I can appreciate what it is like to have a short ‘green’ season. I have worked in some very hot climates in southern Europe. Here in England, 2018 brought us a long winter and almost no spring before jumping straight into summer. It seems to be making up for it this year though.


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