The fog is lifting,
flowers are blooming,
birds are twittering,
the sun is shining,
windows are opening,
with people wondering.
Has Springtime finally arrived?
The beauty of a field or clumps of flowers. Is a feast for sore eyes when for years we had the opportunity to wander around the countryside of the UK.
Though do watch out for impostors.
I did not realise that there are indeed two types of bluebells 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 changeable weather this is only a guide.
NZ Fact: We do have both the English and Spanish varieties. Not overly popular here even though many English bulbs do well in our soils.
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!
NZ Fact: Daffodils are very popular in NZ. Daffodil Day (Friday 30th August 2019) is a significant funding source for the Cancer Society. As well as New Zealand’s first movie-musical Daffodils, a true story about bittersweet romance against a Kiwi backdrop. Best viewed during the winter months [June – August].
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 was 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.
NZFact: As of July 2009, 8,763,300 hectares of New Zealand’s land was legally protected for the primary purpose of conserving biodiversity.
Though this is not something that we do regularly, 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: In the UK, March to May is the time to hear the fantastic “Dawn Chorus” from these birds; blackbirds, robins, wrens, chaffinches, pheasants, warblers, thrushes and finches.
NZ Fact: With many Kowhai trees out in flower at the moment, the Tuis’ are having a feast.
5. PRIMROSES AND BEES
Last, though not least 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.
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.
LINKS to other bloggers – Spring flowers
N.B. I have updated this older post and included some New Zealand spring photographs and facts.
Disappointingly I have found out many of my old post photographs from the Globalhousesitterx2 blog have not been transferred with the relevant post. Gradually I will go through them, one at a time.