Having heard a rumour a few days ago that bluebells have been making an early appearance in the south of England, I thought I’d better take myself off to the woods post haste in case I missed them. So, at the weekend I visited the area where I have usually seen vast swathes of bluebells carpeting the ground and stretching off into the distance.
On the way into the woods, I first had to check on the progress of the weeping willow tree, which last year suffered some damage and the main trunk broke off. It used to be such a tall, majestic tree and it seems sad to see it as a shadow of its former self. The buds are beginning to appear.
Along the way I saw a few trees with leaves beginning to appear, vibrant green moss, fungi, interesting bark and some primroses.
A horse and rider passed by,
I walked by all the areas where I would normally see the blue carpet of bluebells, but everywhere I looked the carpet was still green…
… I was giving up hope, when at last I spotted it – one single bluebell, all on its own in the acres of green leaves.
Success – although I don’t think this can count as our local bluebells being out yet. I’ll give it another week or so and go and look again.
I’m linking my woodland walk with Jo’s Monday Walk.