After the snow and black ice over the weekend, it’s good to be out at Nostell again. The place seems to have sprung to life: blue skies, sunlit trees and the breeze picking up sparkling ripples on the lake which had been leaden grey with ice last time we were here. Winter aconites and snowdrops […]
‘Purple Stem’ Sweet Box, Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna*, is now tasseled with sweetly fragrant blossom on the woodland bank behind the bench by the Druid Bridge below the Cascade at Nostell Priory. Each blossom has just two styles and one central stigma; with a scent like that, who needs petals? The generic name, Sarcococca, is from the Greek, ‘sarc’ meaning flesh and […]
Growing on a lush mat of moss on our front lawn, this looks like one of the bonnet fungi, Mycena. Buds of winter aconite are swelling in the flower beds in Holmfield Park.