The marsh marigolds are out on the beck and there are celandine everywhere, but today there was no time to walk down to the beck. However, I did know where there was a new patch of my other favourite Spring wildflower, so after lunch Tess and I went to photograph the patch.
It is coltsfoot -the name comes from the pattern on the stems I believe. It is a real harbinger of Spring and produces flowers long before the leaves appear. If people give it a quick glance they often mistake the flowers for small dandelions, but actually they bear no resemblance to dandelions at all.
They love waste ground and clay soil and there is a patch on the lane which comes every April. I love to see them arrive.