Mistletoe in flower, so I finally got why it has a poetic description as the “Golden Bough”
Last year’s berries were still there, and didn’t seem to have shrivelled.
As far as I know, the nearest mistletoe to Wolverhampton grows near to the centre of Coventry. These plants were a bit further away than that, in the garden of Anne Hathaway’s cottage at Shottery.
Looking like a large buttercup, which they are indeed, and always found in damp places.
These catkins do indeed look much paler than those of the commoner black poplar.
Taken a few days earlier than the previous picture, but just outside Stratford upon Avon. The season was much more advanced by travelling somewhat to the south.
The buds just beginning to swell on one of the blackthorn bushes on the edge of Barley Field in the Smestow Valley LNR towards the end of March.
Catkins at the end of a twig on a silver birch.
Male and female catkins grow on different trees. The male ones start off looking furry, and give the species its name, before producing the pollen and turning as in the upper picture.
The catkins on the female trees will eventually become the seeds.
Not local, but on the river Avon at Stratford.
From a distance it looked like a couple of miniature boulders; closer, the fungus seemed rather dried up as it grew on the cut surface of the stump of a large tree by one of the footpaths on the Perton estate.
A lot of butterflies were around during the warm spell at the end of March. This comma spent some time warming itself resting in the middle of a small bed of nettles.
It’s just about visible in the centre of the picture!
Half-opened flowers on a crab apple tree. This one is just behind Compton Lock.