I am just sitting at my desk with the window widely open and listening to birds’ chirps and singings. It has been the warmest day so far reaching scorching 25 degrees in London, in April. Tomorrow, is however back to normal.
I went on another cycle to the beautiful woods of Wimbledon Common thinking Londoners are so lucky to have those green areas on their doorstep. Trees are slowly getting greener but still lots of bare branches make birds spotting much easier. There is a skylark protection area with lots of black crows residing there as well.
Wildflowers spotting included cowslips, red dead nettles, dandelions and our today’s star, bluebell. It has been UK’s favourite wild flower for years. Violet-blue or white bell shaped flowers with gently curved up petals are hanging gracefully on the long stems. They are very popular and grow even in our little communal garden. The most spectacular are bluebell woods with the carpets of flowers indicating the ancient woods.
Thinking of my favourite spring wildflower, I’d probably say, violet.
Do you have a favourite?
Continuing the spring flowers theme, I accidentally saw Gardener’s World program on TV which featured today’s flower star. How pleased I was to discover a quite plenty of it amongst other wild spring flowers in my favourite local woodlands of Bishop’s Park, here in London, South West of the River. it is great seeing so many wild flowers blooming in this city’s green space.
My boyfriend asked me today so why do you like flowers?
I answered I never asked myself this question.
So why do you write this blog?
To kill time.
Meanwhile, in the woods daffodils are sadly slowly fading. I spotted yellow cowslips next to the back gate of the Walled Garden. One wood anemone. In another place, I call it An Island, white spring snowflakes. More and more dandelions (I picked few leaves, I am yet to make a salad!) and nation’s favourite bluebells start appearing. Lots of wild boar’s garlic and hairy green alkanets with tiny striking blue flowers. But, wait what is this purple checkered bell? As I walked along the main path, I was seeing more and more of them poking through greenery, nodding their heads on the long stems. Leaves are dark green, long and narrow. Quite windy day didn’t make photographing an easy task. Flower were shaking and constantly blurring in the picture.
Fritillary aka snakes’s head flower belongs to the lily family. Called snake’s head flowers thanks to its checkerboard patterns, they come in all shades of purple or pure white. The closed seems to resemble the mentioned reptilian’s head. Flowers grow happy in the damp places and can be planted in the garden.
I found a botanical drawing of it in my RHS diary and now I got few photos to share with you. Once taking pictures, I noticed a young couple and an elderly woman stopped to look at them too.
I cycled today to Wetland Centre in Barnes, South West London, just 15-20 minutes cycling from my home. Wetland Centre is home to many birds living and nesting across the waters, ponds and gardens. I was obviously looking for the flowers and plants as well, but the trees are still bare and just some of them started to get green like birch or willows.
My first route was less populated south side, starting off with the lagoon it was a great walk around the pond, past the bats’ place and back to the courtyard. From there, I took the other side of the centre which got really busy around lunch time. I just wandered around spotting a pair of black swans in the Asian garden, a gracious yet solitary white swan and finally finished the walk at the the otters place. Promised few photos to my boyfriend, he knows why.