Spring flowers at Badbury Rings

Thursday 7th April 2016

Max and I went to Badbury Rings, the Iron Age fort near Wimborne, for our walk today. I made the mistake of not taking a hat scarf and gloves, and found myself in a freezing gale for a lot of the walk. I should have known better: it always blows well at Badbury Rings.

Anyway, the story of today’s walk is the spring flowers and blossom that we saw along the way.

First of all there was the Blackthorn Blossom which was to be found in a lot of the hedgerows.

Blackthorn Blossom

Did I mention that I’ve found out how to tell the difference between Blackthorn and Hawthorn at this time of year? Apparently Blackthorn gets its flowers before it gets it leaves, and Hawthorn gets its leaves before it gets its flowers.

We took out usual route, North out of the rings and then round through King Down farm and back to High Wood, to the east of the Rings. I had wanted to go to High Wood to see if the bluebells were out. First, though, I came across quite a lot of Wood Anemones: such a pretty little flower.

Wood Anemone

And then we came to the bluebells.

Bluebells

That was obviously taken in the big clearing. Here they are in the woods.

Bluebells in High Wood

And here’s a nice little scene comprising primroses and bluebells growing at the foot of a tree.

A woodland in spring

And, finally, here’s the obligatory photo of Max amongst the bluebells.

Max in the bluebells

They are still quite young, and haven’t yet developed that sickly-sweet perfume yet. I will have to go back both to these woods, and to Pamphill, to take more photos of them in the next few weeks.

A year ago today

We went to Upton Heath where we met our friend Janet with her old dog, Oakley, and her new dog, Jake.

Janet on her birthday

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