The bright sunny days have drawn the leaves from their protective sheaths and for a short while they show amazing brilliant colours.
On Sheethanger this birch is almost flourescent agains the bare trees behind it.
We enter Bury Wood where the dappled light is filtered through trees not yet in leaf
The forest floor is dotted with wild flowers. Soon it will turn blue/purple with the bluebells, but shyer flowers are still enjoying their moment in the sun
Violets and celandine love the damp shade but smile at the sun when it comes out.
Both have done really well this year.
By the path, delicate white Wood Sorrel glitters in the undergrowth.
The main stars of the show are not yet out, but soon they will paint the whole area blue and waft their amazing and heady scent.
They differ from those grown in gardens which are mainly a Spanish variety.
The colour is very distinctive and difficult to describe, Not blue, not purple.
The flowers are elongated and have a frilly base.
The main difference is that Spanish bluebells grow from all around the stem and stand straight, like a hyacinth, whereas the wild ones only grow from one side, so as they open out, they bend.
Watch this space for a transformation soon!