Out and about on one of my usual meanders around the local footpaths yesterday, I took a number of photographs to record what is available at the moment. We’ve got all sorts of spring delights cropping up at the moment – some a little early, some exactly on time as it is, after all, Imbolc in about a week’s time!
You’d think that would be obvious given the amount of mud underfoot. Work in the veg patch has all but ground to a halt again after several heavy frosts and a lot of rain as the ground has turned into a quagmire!
Interestingly, this particular clump of nettle was growing on the edge of a field. We had another clump twice the size in the veg patch as well before I dug the plot area over – which is interesting, because the larger Nettle isn’t putting in an appearance here yet, but I’ve spotted several groups of lesser Nettle kicking around here and there. Incidentally, I don’t recommend picking herbs from field margins unless you know the crops planted there are organic – you never know what nasty stuff will have got onto the herbs from the crops.
Rose is one of my favourite herbs – the wild variety rather than the cultivated ones, for the most part. I love the fact that they are a combination of beauty, resilience and down right short temperedness, as anyone who has been on the receiving end of those thorns whilst gathering hips or flowers can probably attest!
All in all, we have a surprising amount of stuck poking its head through this year, which seems a little early to me, but then we had a very harsh winter last year which meant that everything was delayed by several weeks. I’m trying not to shake my head and bemoan the lack of proper seasonal delineations – nature never works so simply, and a month that is spring this year might well still be winter next – this is not always due to global warmings. Often it is simply the natural ebb and flow of things.