Thursday, 28 April 2016

Everything is blooming now

Yesterday was a beautifully sunny but chilly day. Colinton Dell is beautiful at the moment, full of Spring flowers. The wild garlic is coming into bloom now


while the few flowered leeks are well on,

 parts of the Dells are carpeted with them, including the site of the old Kate's Mill

They are very pretty, but few flowered leeks are invasive, non-native species, that are gradually pushing the wild garlic out of the area. One way of controlling them would be to selectively forage the leeks in place of the wild garlic, the leaves of both make good pesto.....

The first cherry trees are in bloom in the Dells

and, for the first time that I remember, there are cowslips in the wildflower meadow that the Water of Leith Conservation Trust planted on the site of the old Bog's Mill

And the larch flowers continue their progress towards becoming cones



and let's not forget the beautiful wood sorrel, which is just coming into bloom, a lovely flower, indicator of ancient woodland, growing here amidst mosses and ivy on top of a stone wall.






11 comments:

Dartford Warbler said...

Lovely. I could almost smell the wild garlic!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Dartford Warbler, yes the whole Dells smell of wild garlic at the moment

Lynn said...

You live in an enchanted place. I love that you know the names of the flora around you.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful blooms. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

We have lovely wild garlic in the cemetery, hammering with rain here so I won't go looking for them in the Willow Holt this afternoon though

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Juliet,

Spring looks wonderful with all the blooms there and enjoy the beautiful time of the year.
Hugs
Carolyn

sage said...

I wonder if they are the same ramps we have in our southern highlands? In Michigan, garlic mustard was a bad invasive specie that made a great pesto

Sandy said...

A beautiful post, Juliet. I always enjoy looking at the plants you find.

Lowcarb team member said...

The weather is still so topsy turvey ...
You have given us a wonderful selection of photo's to look at here - that wild garlic - I can almost smell it now!

All the best Jan

Geraldine said...

Such pretty spring photos! :-)

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Beautiful images of the blooms!