For two weekends a year there is free entry to National Trust properties including Wightwick Manor. These flowers were pictured during the March weekend.
Not wild, but too gaudy to resist.
Woodland flowers bloom early in the year, before the leaves on the trees cut down the light falling on to the ground. A small honey bee (top picture) was taking advantage of these wood anemones, one of the few sources of nectar in mid-March.
I suspect this is a seven spot ladybird: the most common species.
Overhanging the small stream which feeds the pools in Wightwick Manor garden.
Plants showing this year’s growth by the towpath of the Staffs and Worcs canal. In the top picture a varicoloured ivy leaf has landed on the foxglove.
This fish was in the larger pool in Wightwick Manor garden.
Carved into the sandstone at the top edge of Kinver, these houses had people living in them as recently as the 1950s.
The complex, on two levels, is now owned by the National Trust.
This common hedgerow plant has leaves which can range in colour from green to red, here seemingly on the same plant.
More pictures from the small bank of violets and celandines by the Staffs and Worcs canal.
By mid-March the celandines had joined the violets fully in bloom.
The new year’s growth on a dock plant. Many dock leaves have the characteristic marking of red-rimmed flecks: another viral infection?