It really felt like spring this morning with birds chirping in the garden and sun peeking through the curtains. We are back to double digits here in London but also to more rain and wind later during the week. All the usual spring flowers like daffodils, snowdrops, snowflakes and crocuses are all out. A couple of weeks ago the crocus buds were firmly shut but today they all opened in the full glory. I have also seen the bluebells leaves and wild arum lily leaves springing in the woodlands.
The wildflowers are also enjoying the current warmth and today I have spotted the first violet of this year. I always look forward to seeing those little purple beauties. The violet scent is fleeting, it comes and goes thanks to ionone, a chemical substance which switches off the ability to smell the flower for moments at time. Here is a selection of wildflowers spotted during January.