Primrose flowering

Primrose flowering

Right by the path near Tettenhall Ranger Station in the Smestow Valley LNR, so possibly an escapee from those which have been planted on the platform.

Blackthorn coming out

Blackthorn in bud

Blackthorn (sloe) bushes starting to flower early in April. The pictures here were taken of neighbouring bushes at the same time. One bush (above) was a mass of buds. The other must have been in a slightly more favoured spot, so the flowers were already out.

Blackthorn flowering

Velvet shank mushroom

St George's mushroom

Growing from a small tree stump by the Smestow Valley railway walk. This is the third or fourth type of fungus the stump has supported since the start of 2011.

St George’s mushroom

St George's mushroom

Supposedly named because it appears on the saint’s day (today)l, but this one was already up right at the start of the month. and crushed within a couple of days because it was too obvious to pedestrians.