I think everyone can see the signs of spring but I have an almost unique guide to the arrival of better weather. I thought about posting about the new growing season, ten days ago, when I took some pictures of the plants starting to emerge in the garden.
Things like the Helleborus, hellebore, are more a sign of late winter than early spring.
But the new leaves on the Digitalis, foxglove, are a clear indication that better weather is on its way.
I don’t know if the warm winter explains how well my Mandragora officinarum, mandrake, is doing after being dumped outside when ants moved into its pot indoors 25th may 2013 but it is looking better than it has in recent years.
But it was Aconitum napellus, monkshood, that revealed the speed of changes going on. Here’s the picture I took on 1st March
And here’s the difference eight days makes
But these sorts of sight are available to anyone with access to any sort of garden. My (almost) unique insight in the arrival of spring (‘almost’ because it is shared with other people who run websites about plants) comes because, at this time of year, there is a marked spike in searches for ‘laburnum’ bringing people here.
That seemed to make it a good time for a ‘Poisonous Plants 1-2-1’ video.
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