At the top of the Massney Braes in Lundin Links there are bright blue patches of Chionodoxa. It is not a native plant but has naturalised in this spot. In Greek chion means snow and doxa means glory. It is an alpine that comes into flower as the snows melt in the mountains of Turkey, Crete and Cyprus.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Saturday, 27 March 2010
There was a flash of yellow as this male yellowhammer flitted amongst the trees in the Serpentine Walk. After the snowdrops and crocuses yellow seems the predominant colour of the Spring. Daffodils are now flowering in profusion. This was a bright patch on the bank in the disused railway track. Celendines, primroses and forsythia are also coming into flower.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Species of moss and lichen growing in a flowerpot that had been left out in the garden over the winter. I think that the feathery moss is probably Common Hair Cap (Polytrichum commune) and that the liverwort is the Crescent-cup (Lunularia cruciata) which is often found in greenhouses and flowerpots.
Monday, 22 March 2010
Sticky buds are forming on the horse chestnut trees Aesculus hippocastanum. Although it was a long time ago, I remember that one of my first science lessons at secondary school was drawing the sticky buds then putting them in water and watching the buds gradually unfold. The sticky sap may protect the buds from insect damage.
Friday, 19 March 2010
The first daffodil in our garden to be fully out. Last year the first one was in flower on the 19th February so exactly four weeks behind this year. However, lots of bulbs now coming in to flower, so probably things will soon catch up.
Other bulbs in flower are snowdrops, aconites, crocus, and scilla
Thursday, 18 March 2010
I'm fairly certain of the identification of this fungi growing on a pile of logs in Keil's Den, as this is the only puffball that grows on rotting wood. The openings that can be seen are for spore release.
Think this is probably beech woodwart -hypoxylon fragiforme -growing in the Serpentine Walk, although hazel and alder are also present. Lichen is also present on the log.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Statue of Robinson Crusoe in Lower Largo. A new addition has been added at the side of the statue - a plaque with a footprint. Man Friday's perhaps. These footprints seem to be appearing all over Lower Largo.
A close-up of the footprint.
A close-up of the footprint.
Monday, 15 March 2010
There are many clumps of snowdrops single and double along the verges in the Serpentine Walk. However, there was just one clump of the spring snowflake. They look very similar to the snowdrops but their petals are all the same length, while the snowdrops have three long and three short petals. The leaves of the snowflake are also much glossier and a brighter green.
Monday, 8 March 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
The winter lochans at Dumbarnie Links are now quite extensive, presumably because of the melt water from Largo Law, which can be seen in the background in the picture below. There is flooding of some of the footpaths through the site. The Coastal Path Sign has become marooned.
Friday, 5 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Just opposite the War Memorial in Upper Largo there is a wooded area where there are clumps of snowdrops (single and double), aconites, and pale purple crocuses. After this long cold Winter, it's good to see the first signs of Spring.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Looking across Largo Bay to Berwick Law with snow on the hills behind. It was a beautiful day today, cold and crisp but with bright sunshine. It's not that often that it's so clear. If you click the picture to see larger image you can see the wind turbines on the far hills and the town of North Berwick nestling at the foot of the Law.