The spring was sitting in a sea of yellow rape seed. Not everybody's favourite crop for all sorts of reasons, but it was certainly a splash of colour!
|Pyrtle Spring, floating in a sea of yellow|
The trees were covered in leaves and the wildflowers were growing high, making it feel much more alive than previous visits. The spring was hidden away behind a green curtain and we had to get up really close to see whether there was any water in it.
We walked through and were surprised to see the spring was dry. A month ago there was water covering the base of the spring and two months ago the water was running through the spring and down a stream towards Culverton.
|The water was gone from the spring|
It felt like we were surrounded by special trees, beautiful for all sorts of reasons. Some were tall and majestic, others had branches that were twisted and knotted, some had bark covered in stunning patterns and others were covered in pretty flowers or seeds.
Down in the bottom of the spring, the huge Horse Chestnut trees on the bank towered over us. They're such old trees, with gnarled, ridged trunks and massive roots growing down the bank. They were very impressive, hanging precariously onto the edge of the bank.
|The massive candelabra flowers on the Horse |
Chestnuts were staring to bloom
An Elm tree was covered in seeds in their papery cases, looking like huge pale green flowers.
The wild flowers had really grown throughout the spring and we found a rose (could it be the Culverton Rose?) and the Cow Parsley had started to flower.
|Could this be the Culverton Rose?|
|Spanish Bluebells are paler blue than our native bluebells and |
have flowers all around an upright stem, instead of on one side
of a bent over stem
|Grape Hyacinths - these shouldn't have been there either!|
Around the outside of the spring the nettles and cow parsley were buzzing with ladybirds, spiders, bees and flies.
|Bee with a furry white face|
|Male St Mark's fly with it's long dangly legs|
|Waiting patiently for the ladies!|