Monday, 10 May 2010

Woodland Flowers





The wooded areas of Colinton and Criaglockart Dells along the Water of Leith are a wonderful display of flowers at the moment. There are bluebells (and yes white bluebells too!), wild garlic (see second photo), celandines, violets and buttercups. The birdsong is amazing too, blackcaps, song thrushes, wrens, robins, blackbirds, chaffinches and chiffchaffs to name just a few (the hyperlinks under the birds names link to the RSPB website where you can hear the birds sing as well as see them!).

But unfortunately I've not seen any swifts uet. They have normally arrived by now, though one year recently they didn't get here until 15 May. I've got my fingers crossed that they'll appear very soon!

14 comments:

gardenpath said...

Looks to be a neat place to walk and listen to birds. What does like garlic look like? i know wild onions, from where I used to live, but not garlic.

Christina said...

I do love to see and hear the birds. We have a momma/daddy mockingbird pair that had babies in my firethorn tree. I call her the yard boss. When I water or go near her tree she dive bombs me. I run and laugh at the same time. She is a fiesty little girl.

Crafty Green Poet said...

gardenpath - its a lovely place! Wild garlic is the second photo down.

Christina - your mocking bird sounds quite a character!

The Bunns said...

April showers bring the flowers ..

That bloom in May. Especially DANDELIONS!!!!

Flowers said...

Being a great lover of garden art, I enjoyed going through your blog. keep on posting.

ThoseThr3Words/Spiderette said...

What an enchanting post, Juliet! Amy is becoming a keen bird spotter. We bought her a cd for her birthday to help her identify the birds from their songs. because of course, often you canhear them, but you can't see them! She was delighted to hear a wren, such a big-hearted song from a tiny bird!
The flowers are lovely, too. This morning registered -2, though, so I hope there won't be too many casualties!
Lovely post, as always.
Claire

Coastcard said...

The swifts have reached South Wales - along with the swallows. I'm sure you will spot some pretty soon...

I am loving your book, Juliet. :-)

Janice Thomson said...

Love love those WHITE (blue)bells! Have not seen them before. Delightful photos.

eileeninmd said...

Lovley woodland flowers. I love walking in the woods and enjoying nature. Great photos!

Carver said...

I hope the swifts arrive soon. The woodland flowers are so beautiful and I love listening to the bird songs at home and on walks. They add so much to the environment.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Caroline and Carver - the swifts have just arrived!

Rambling Woods said...

Glad that your swifts have arrived. These are lovely flowers. Our woods is so dense and wet that we don't see flowers like this. I did visit all the bird pages as you know I love bird...Fun to see the similarities in your birds and our birds Juliet...Michelle

MyMaracas said...

I love wildflowers. Thanks for sharing yours!

A piece of news said...

It's good that you know what birds you have. I hate to admit that I don't know the difference between the small ones in my own yard.