Impatient for spring

River Pont in Stamfordham (c) Duncan Hutt

River Pont in Stamfordham (c) Duncan Hutt

There are still few signs of spring in the local area. Celandines are out in flower but the cloudy weather meant that most remained closed up, just a few hardy individuals braved opening.  On the arable field edge, left fallow this winter, red deadnettle was in bloom alongside common field speedwell but both of these can be seen in flower all year so their significance was limited.  Common field speedwell is a non-native arable weed, apparently first recorded in the first half of the 19th century.

Red deadnettle (Lamium purpureum)  (c) Duncan Hutt

Red deadnettle (Lamium purpureum)
(c) Duncan Hutt

Our plastic-free challenge has made us even more aware of the litter that can be found on even a very rural walk.  Plastic bottles and (plastic covered) cigarette packets made up most of it although drinks cans were also common.  Most annoying are the dog-poo bags, filled then left in the countryside to remain for years to come.  More positive were the continuing presence of otterspraint under the bridges, a clear indication of their continued presence on our local watercourse.

Common Field Speedwell (Veronica persica) (c) Sally Hutt

Common Field Speedwell (Veronica persica)
(c) Sally Hutt

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One Response to Impatient for spring

  1. There were speedwell out here too, but my picture was out of focus. That little camera of mine is not good at closeups. I picked up a fair bit of litter on my walk yesterday – shameful the way people despoil the countryside.

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