Silk Tassel Bush (Garrya elliptica
Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)
I was able to take a few pictures as I walked along the river around Morpeth yesterday afternoon. Along the river bank at Oldgate the Silk Tassel Bush (Garrya elliptica) is looking at its best this time of year at Matheson's gardens with its large elegant catkins. Further along on the riverbank there is a few small but showy clumps of Winter Aconite in flower. Morpeth doesn't have the lovely display that Denwick church yard has but there are a few places where you can find it but probably the best area is St James church yard behind the wall at Copper Chare. A Marsh Tit was feeding in gardens near High House and a Merlin flew low over the turnip fields at Temple's gardens and over the paddocks next to the railway line. I have also been seeing up to 4 Buzzards in the same area recently.