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One of the great joys in my garden at this time is seeing the rosemary and forsythia in bloom next to each other. I don’t find the individual flowers of either shrub particularly exciting but the combinations of colour and shape are stunning and uplifting.
This image is not presented as a botanical representation. It is an attempt to express and share my feelings
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We will remember 5 March. The sun shone brightly throughout the day and the temperature rocketed to a giddy 15°C. Had Spring sprung? Had the new season begun a little prematurely? Nature seemed to think so.
In the field across the lane the first lambs of the year appeared.
Some basked lazily in the sunshine.
Another shared a meal with two friends.
In the garden there seemed to be an explosion of colour.
But, as I write, it is now 6 March. Today is cold and dull with rain threatening. The crocuses have refused to open. Normal service has been resumed!
Was that it? Was that Spring?
Much of my photography serves as a diary recording or celebrating experiences and happenings, however small, as they occur. Today’s picture belongs to this category. Three days ago, beside the bridle way, I glimpsed the first red campion of the year, nestling beneath the young cow parsley. At present it is alone, but no doubt it will soon be joined by others. It may not be a technically accomplished photo but the joy it records was immense.
Pause for a moment and enjoy the sheer beauty of the flower below – the soft elegance of its petals, the gentle clasp at the heart, the uplifting glow of its numerous shades of yellow and gold …..
But what is it? Is it a chrysanthemum, or an aster or, perhaps, a dahlia?
It’s a Taraxacum Officinale.
A what? I hear you ask.
A dens lionis, a pis en lis ….. you know, a dandelion.
Because it is regarded as an aggressive weed by gardeners the dandelion’s true beauty often passes unseen. What a shame! Do take another look.