Convolvolus or Silver Bush or Bindweed
As mentioned in an earlier post, (https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/past-times/), there are strong echoes of past times in Blakeney. High Street is narrow and there are no pavements. It is bordered by sturdy but elegant, cobbled houses and properties, and (mostly) painted white. Shops and businesses are assimilated within the overall character of the street.
The pictures below were taken at lunchtime on the first Saturday in October. Blakeney is not a noisy place!
During the past two weeks snowdrops have appeared in growing numbers beneath hedgerows, in woodlands and on the verges beside the bridle way. They will be with us for the next few weeks.
What joy these small flowers brings at this time of the year! With remarkable resilience the snowdrop forces its way through frozen earth, through matted ivies, nettles, decaying leaves and fallen branches to produce a carpet of pure white.
It is snowdrop time. Each and every year I marvel at the resilience and determination of these deceptively ‘delicate’ and ‘dainty’ flowers as they blossom beside the bridleway having forced their way, often, through frozen ground or, as this year, through dead grass, broken twigs and other decaying detritus from 2015.
The snow has arrived – quite late this winter. It fell during the night on Saturday and we awoke yesterday morning to a covering of 12cm-15cm – deeper in places. Here, in rural Northamptonshire, the scene was transformed into a Winter Wonderland – very picturesque.
Nature’s calendar is punctuated by significant happenings – the first lambs of the year, buds on trees and shrubs, pussy willows, bluebells, the return of swallows, the sound of the first cuckoo in Spring, and so on. But for me, the most eagerly awaited sight is the flowering of the first snowdrops. This small, seemingly frail plant never ceases to amaze. Even during severe winters it will somehow find its way through rock hard soil to lift our spirits and, with its coy, pristine flowers, remind us that Spring will soon be here – well, eventually!