Thursday, 6 March 2008

Early Spring flowers in the Town Gardens

These delicate little star-shaped flowers were growing under the beech trees in the Town Gardens - at first I thought they were wood anemones but the leaves are different. If anyone can tell me what they are I would be grateful - very small, very fragile, similar to snowdrops in size.
Blue-star anemones

Along the blushing Borders, bright with Dew,
And in yon mingled Wilderness of Flowers,
Fair-handed Spring unbosoms every Grace:
Throws out the Snow-drop, and the Crocus first;
The Daisy, Primrose, Violet darkly blue ........
James Thomson (1700 - 1748)

Primula beds around the Victorian band-stand

A bed of cultivated primula

Blue star anemones - mixed in with daffodils. Also known as Grecian wind flower - delicate in the March breeze.

From land to land; and in my breast
Spring wakens too; and my regret
Becomes an April violet,
And buds and blossoms like the rest.
Tennyson - from April (1809 - 1892)

Along with daffodils, the Forsythia heralds Spring with a blaze of yellow.