Herb robert leaves

Herb robert

This common hedgerow plant has leaves which can range in colour from green to red, here seemingly on the same plant.

Violets and celandines

Violet

More pictures from the small bank of violets and celandines by the Staffs and Worcs canal.

Celandines

By mid-March the celandines had joined the violets fully in bloom.

Violets and celandines

Violets and celandines

Violets and celandines

Dock leaves

Dock leaves

The new year’s growth on a dock plant. Many dock leaves have the characteristic marking of red-rimmed flecks: another viral infection?

Pollen-rich pussy willow catkins

Pussy willow catkins

Bright yellow pollen on a pussy willow by the Staffs & Worcs canal and paler on a tree in Compton Park (middle picture below).

Pussy willow catkins

Pussy willow catkins

Magpie’s nest

Magpie's nest

Normally towards the top of a tallish tree. To me they look like a heap of twigs.

Geese posturing

Geese posturing

The white goose is domesticated. The paler of the others, perhaps even both others, a cross.

Geese posturing

They seem to have taken up residence where the lawn of a house on Windmill Lane meets the Staffs & Worcs canal – handy for demanding bread from people walking the towpath.

Geese posturing

Geese posturing

Wild arum leaves

Wild arum leaves

Wild arum leaves are often marked with such black flecks – perhaps a virus.

Baggeridge Park reed bed

Baggeridge Park pool

This reed bed and pool looked very tranquil a couple of weeks ago.

Coltsfoot coming out

Coltsfoot coming out

Another welcome sign of spring.

Coltsfoot coming out

Violets and celandines

Violets

These violets and celandines grow on a sunny bank by the Staffs and Worcs canal.

Celandines

When these pictures were taken in the middle of March the violets were fully in bloom, the celandines still just budding.

Violets

Violets

Violets

Hollow tree stump

Hollow tree stump

A hollow tree stump beside the river Penk on the edge of Brewood. The absence of heart wood will indicate the decay which led to the tree being felled.

Fleecy fungus

Fleecy fungus

This fleecy fungus was growing on bedding compost. I presume the black flecks are the bodies which actually produce the spores.