Out for another walk today, and lots to see in the woods behind my house. The trees and early plants are blooming now with the promise of fruits to come later in the year.
The Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scriptus) are nearly over for this year...just a few late ones remain.
The wild Dog Rose (Rosa canina) is flowering right now...these will provide nutritious rose hips for the birds during the autumn and winter months.
The Common Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) is bursting into frothy exuberance. There are several lovely garden cultivars of this shrub with bright orange or blood red stems in winter (hence the term 'sanguinea' = blood), one of the best being 'Midwinter Fire'.
My walk took me through a shaded glade where I found wild Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum), which also used to be known as Woodbine.
In amongst the honeysuckle, the Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) flowers are just starting to open...these are what make Elderberry cordial, while the later, familiar glossy black berries can be made into wine.
Another couple of wild flowers, the White Campion (Silene latifolia) and wild Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) were also flowering in the dappled shade...
Finally, also in the seclusion of the glade, a freshly emerged Speckled Wood butterfly.