Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Spot the Difference: Friston Forest April 2018 & 2012

I managed to get outside in a brief spell of sunshine over the Easter bank holiday break. I went for a walk in Friston Forest, in Sussex, on April 1 and took the photo at the top of this post.

Although I know we have had particularly cold weather so far this year, but I was really surprised to see how few wildflowers were out. There were a few clumps of daffodils, but that was about it.

Compare the top picture with the one at the bottom. I took the lower photo in Friston Forest in April 2012. Back then the ground was a carpet of lesser celandine and bluebells were starting to come out. Admittedly that was mid-April - so a couple of weeks later in the season - but I really don't think the wildflowers will have caught up that much in two weeks this year.

Here is the link to the post I wrote back in 2012: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2012/04/yellow-flowers-and-spring-messengers.html

In that post I said that poet William Wordsworth, as well as writing his famous poem about daffodils, also mentioned the lesser celandine:
"There is a flower, the lesser celandine,
That shrinks like many more from cold and rain,
And the first moment that the sun may shine,
Bright as the sun himself, 'tis out again!"
It is certainly avoiding the cold and rain this year. Let's hope we get more sunshine soon.


Anonymous said...

It shows just how long this Winter has hung around.

Badwitch said...

Doesn't it just.