The Maultway sarsen stone lies comfortably in its new place

Last week on a heathland walk, being buffeted by the wind, I took a detour to view the new home of the sarsen stone on the Maultway.

I’m happy to report it lies comfortably in its new place. Walking back home through the vehicle test track I noticed that there were many, though smaller, sarsen stones collected together in an informal island.

Accompanied by a Brimstone butterfly on my walk along Chobham Ridges

On my walk from Lightwater to Deepcut today I was accompanied by a yellow Brimstone butterfly on the stretch along Chobham Ridges.

It remained tantalisingly ahead of me, no matter how much I increased my pace to get a closer view, Then it was gone, fluttering deeper into the vegetation of the Bisley and Pirbright Ranges.

Seeing nature is one of the joys to be had in a mind clearing walk. The photo below of a Brimstone butterfly is from Wikipedia, HERE.

A handy guide to identifying trees from their buds

How helpful of Discover the Wild to produce a quick guide to tree buds. A perfect handy guide for Spring walks. They say this about their guide,

 …. here is a quick guide to some of the commoner species of tree buds in urban/suburban areas. We will be adding more comprehensive winter twig and bud images of around 60 species to our website in the coming weeks.

They note that the images are not to scale. Even so, it’s good work. I couldn’t find the guide on their website, though it’s on their Facebook page HERE.

Along comes the rain and spoils things

I wondered, when writing about the opening of spring flowers, whether I was tempting fate? Seems so.

Our large Camellia ‘Italiana’ has over the last few days burst into flower, only for those flowers to be spoiled by today’s rain. Luckily, not too much rain that all the flowers are spoiled.

Here are a couple of photos of the blooms. Interestingly there are a couple of pink blooms among the myriad of white tinged pink ones [ click to expand and enjoy].

The onward march of Spring excites

As you most likely will have done, I’ve too watched the onward arrival of spring through seeing the flowering of snowdrops, and crocuses.

Please forgive me for prattling on about spring bulbs. It’s all because for the first time in many years I planted bulbs last autumn. I now feel proprietorial about their welfare.

This love of spring bulbs is shared by the Lightwater Improvement Project. A group of, mainly, ladies whose aim is to beautify the centre of Lightwater with naturalised bulb planting and planters filled with a variety of plants. I don’t know if it’s their work, I imagine so that the crocus surrounding the Lightwater War Memorial look splendid.

Here are three photos are spring bulbs. One on the crocuses in one of our plant pots, and the others of the works of the Lightwater Improvement Project.

Damp, but excited

It’s an indoors day today. Too wild and wooly to be outdoors. In a short break between bursts of rain I photographed one of our pots in the front garden that has an emerging crocus.

I’m like an expectant father in hoping the hundreds of bulbs I planted will reward us with a splendid show. I’m hoping so, as this emerging crocus looks good. The smaller Crocus tommasinianus in the back garden are also showing emergent flowers, though the rain, predicted for days to come, will not be kind to them.

Here’s a photo to herald spring, even though winter doesn’t seem to be done with us yet.