Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Friday, 8 March 2013

Dour post

Cherry Plum flowers, Telford Bridge, Morpeth

Dead flower of Viper's Bugloss, Brickworks, Stobswood

Brittle Cinder (Kretzschmaria deusta) on roots of Beech at Carlisle park

Although born and bred and still living in Northumberland, at this time of year it can be a bleak and dismal place. Over the past few weeks all my days off have been blessed with the dour winter weather from snow, cold temperatures and like the past two days rain and a chilly Easterly to go with it. It is a bit frustrating as I'm looking forward to seeing the end of this winter weather but despite the welcome sight of Blackthorn coming into flower it seems that spring is still a long way off.
Edit- no room for complacency when trying to identify wildlife as accurate as you possibly can. The flowers above are Cherry plum and thanks for the comments. Keep them coming as I need to be kept right from time to time!


Anonymous said...

Its known as the blackthorn winter of course, a little return blast just after you thought it was over!

JWR said...

Those Blackthorn Flowers are lovely Nigel. I have Blackthorn in my garden and there's no sign of life yet..

Anonymous said...

That's Cherry Plum Prunus cerasifera (widely naturalised in Northumbs) you have flowering there, not Blackthorn, which is not flowering yet ;-)

abbey meadows said...

Many thanks for the comments and for the correct identification.
That's why the ones in the garden aren't in flower yet John!