Spring is in the air!
Thursday 15th March 2018
Although Winter hasn’t quite relinquished it’s icy grip, you can sense the change of seasons, and when you go outside, the air smells different, there’s a sweetness in the air, especially first thing in the morning or at dusk.
That’s the micro organisms in the soil waking up, it’s the new shoots getting all primed just below soil surface, It’s the interaction of dew and warmth from the Sun, working the perennial alchemy of growth and change.
We are approaching the Spring Equinox, the time of equal days, equal nights, half way between the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice, everything ready to take off, the birds are singing louder! At last the woods are showing their first early flowers. Woodland flowers generally bloom early for pollination to escape the leaf cover of late Spring, or like the Bluebell and the Honeysuckle are heavily scented.
One of my favourite sentinels of Spring is the tiny Moschatel plant, or Town Hall Clock is it’s country name; Adoxa moschatellina It is uncommon and very small and lives in damp shady areas near boulders and streams, and has these unique 5 floret heads. In the evening it gives off a musk-like scent, and contains a Glycoside that prevents renal damage in Diabetes sufferers.
Let me know if you spot any near you.