We took a stroll along to the Dove today. Crocuses and daffodils were in abundance everywhere. The Jasmine was in bloom in gardens along the Mall. I can only assume it is Winter Jasmine. There were some larger snowdrop-type flowers which I am loathe to name “drooping star of Bethlehem and indeed, looking them up later, they seem to be “Summer Snowflakes” (Leuvojum aestivum) which bloom in April, so are a little early.
On the plus side, though, we saw the first Hyacinth, very early and there are primroses out too, although several sets looked fresh planted, like the pansies that are out.
Finally the willow outside the Black Lion, down on the river is just unfurling – a mass of little buds, with one or two just showing!
No spring yet – the weather is still chill and sharp. However the lime (Tilia x vulgaris) outside the kitchen has vivid orange new growth just waiting to put forth leaves and the pigeons are getting very frisky!
Flowers that I have seen this weekend (and identified later on):
- Small white, five petalled a la figwort. Small, round leaves, creeping on the lawn at Hammersmith. White violets (Viola odorata)
- Small yellow, eight petalled, a buttercup family member, possibly celandine. Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
- Large, green, purple veined on inner, purple anthers, five rounded petals in a bell shape. Leaves large,dark and glossy; in ladders, although flower stalk leaves are a lighter green and palmate. Green hellebore (Helleborus viridis)
- Large figwort-like flowers, large, round radial leaves. Sweet violet (Viola odorata)
- Large green, bell-like flowers very like the one above. Two layered petals. Leaves pale, palmate. Very strong scented, medicinal. Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus)
- Common Chickweed. (Stellaria media)
- Medium. Oval leaves, clusters of small white flowers in umbels at top. Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella Bursa-pastoris).