As I climbed up the hill there were lots of pretty violets along the path, then I got to the top and found a single wood-sorrel in flower. Such a pretty little plant with delicate white petals with tiny purple veins. It has three distinctive leaves that fold up into a little tent.
I walked past the ash tree that fell across the path about a month ago. Nature's decomposers had moved in and large oyster mushrooms were growing out of the trunk. You can see where they've taken hold under the bark and literally burst their way out, forming impressive overlapping shells. They must have popped up in the last week as there was no sign of them when I last walked past.
The first of the beech tree leaves have started to appear. I only found this one old, gnarled tree with leaves, but they're definitely on their way.
I decided to head off the track and have a look for the site of the bird's-nest orchids that grow up on a steep slope of the hill. It's still a bit early for them, but I wanted to see if I could still find the site and see if there was any sign of them growing yet. There was no new growth, but I found some of the old flower stalks from last year.
Bird's-nest orchids are really strange orchids. They have no leaves and no green chlorophyll, living as a parasite off the roots of the beech trees. I can't wait for the orchid season to start again and I'm really hoping these flower there again.
Pulpit Hill is such a wonderful site and I feel very lucky to live so close to it.