Slow and steady

Moving slowly through the UK countryside

Signs of spring


In a sunny break this afternoon, I had a quick look around the garden, and found these broad beans already flowering! We planted them in a heap of compost from the compost bins, and they seem very happy there. I couldn’t smell the flowers yet, as they’ve only just begun to open, but the scent of broad beans is one of my favourites. It doesn’t sound too attractive, but it’s wonderful – very similar to apple blossom. I can smell fields of broad beans when we’re driving past them, and they are really good to cycle or walk past.

broad bean flowers

There are a few Anemone blanda flowers out – here’s a pink one. I was experimenting with cropping pictures differently – but think that maybe it just draws attention to the out-of-focus bits. It’s bright and cheerful anyway.

I heard a bumble bee buzzing around the various flowers that are out, and we heard a frog croaking in the pond at the weekend.

Last, but not least – a pretty weed. Red dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum), which has wonderfully hairy young leaves, and ‘bunny rabbit’ flowers.
red dead nettle


Author: Hedwigia

Gardener, wildlife geek, and very slow runner.

4 thoughts on “Signs of spring

  1. So envious of your relatively early spring. Lovely photos – I especially like the broad beans. Will be many months before I can enjoy flowering beans.

  2. I’m loving the Broad bean flower, it looks like the wings of a butterfly. And the Red dead-nettle looks very much alive and gorgeous, it could be a member of the Orchid family, don’t you think? There is something very special about wild flowers more so when you look at them close up. Thanks for sharing.

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