Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Dalkeith Country Park in bloom

We both had a midweek day off today and went to Dalkeith Country park. It's most notable for its oak woodland, this isn't just ancient woodland, but amazing, ancient trees, that have lived through many hardships and still survive

Dalkeith Country Park is also famous for its bluebells. We were slightly too early for the main display of these wonderful flowers but quite a lot of them were out

The flower that stole the show though was the dog violet, which was everywhere! I've never seen so many violets, they were carpetting the ground in places.

There were also a couple of clumps of cowslips

and also the wild strawberries were in flower (surely earlier than normal?)

We were delighted also to have lovely views of a nuthatch, a treecreeper and a great spotted woodpecker, none of which were kind enough to pose for the camera!


TexWisGirl said...

i love the violets! we don't see them in texas.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful wildflowers..Lovely images..

Rabbits' Guy said...

Old trees and new life!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Wonderful images, fascinating trees and flowers!