The fog is lifting,
flowers are blooming,
birds are twittering,
the sun is shining,
windows are opening,
with people wondering.
Has Springtime finally arrived?
I do believe spring is here, though there was a burst of summer that arrived late April, what a surprise that was, especially for us who were not prepared with summer clothes! Not to worry it only lasted a couple of days. Which brings me to share some notable signs of spring.
Here we go:
The beauty of a field or clumps of flowers while wandering around the countryside of the UK is a feast for sore eyes and one we have enjoyed on many occasions.
Though do watch out for impostors.
I did not realise that there are indeed two types of bluebells here in the UK. One is the indigenous English one with its drooping flowers along one side of the stem, they are sweetly scented and have white pollen. The other variety is from Spain, who would have guessed that!! Those ones have flowers all around the stem, don’t have a fragrance and have blue pollen.
Fact: More than half of the world’s bluebells are grown in the UK. Enjoy them in April to early May. Though with the weather so changeable this is only a guide.
Nothing says spring like the sight of daffodils.
What could be more cheerful than the breathtaking sight of seeing daffodils alongside the road or country lane, swaying too and fro? They even now come in various other colours, the favourite of mine is still the beautiful bright yellow.
Fact: There are, like the Bluebells, native and hybrid varieties of Daffodils. Best viewed in early spring, before the heatwave arrives!
3. A COUNTRYSIDE WALK
A place to enjoy spring more would have to be the wide open spaces of the countryside. Paths made of green grass and luckily for us, not mud. On our last wandering through a paddock, only the older were to be seen, not a lamb in sight.
Fact: There are over 280,00 hectares of land managed by the National Trust to wander around. There is no shortage of countryside walks in the UK to enjoy.
4. BIRD WATCHING
Though this is not something that we do on a regular basis, it is one that we do appreciate during an early morning walk or as the sun goes down on a pleasant Spring day.
The chorus of birds twittering early in the morning must undoubtedly be the best natural morning alarm invented. Then there are the birds of prey flying majestically and effortlessly over the freshly ploughed field.
Fact: March to May is the time to hear the fantastic “Dawn Chorus” from these birds; blackbirds, robins, wrens, chaffinches, pheasants, warblers, thrushes and finches.
5. PRIMROSES AND BEES
Last though not least of is the abundance of Primroses all over the countryside. Some would say they are more like prolific weeds, maybe they are, lovely and dainty weeds I must say.
You see without an assortment of flowers which are abundant all over the countryside, the bees would have nowhere to gather pollen to pollinate those beautiful blossoms for us to enjoy upcoming fruits in summer.
Fact: Shakespeare introduced the phrase “the primrose path” or “the primrose way” to signify a lazy and pleasant route through life.