Today, I just want to bring some early spring magic to your screen. I know that not everybody can be out and about right now, so I thought I’d post some colours and joy of this unique season that is just about to start for real here in Switzerland. Expect more photographs than words today.
Not only wild garlic covers forests’ floors, but also an amazing flower. It is when another true spectacle happens. Starring is the wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) which quickly starts to appear at the end of March and the beginning of April with its delicate white flowers. They form like a carpet and I just saw them described as “a galaxy of stars“. I find this a beautiful metaphor.
You can tell from the anemone’s occurrence that you stand in an ancient forest, for they spread very slowly – less than two metres in a hundred years (100 years!) – and mainly reproduce asexually. Hmm, the biologist gleaming through here ;0): This means, the flowers just give pollination a try, but as there are not yet many insects around at this time of the year, the plant growths mainly beneath the earth. You may even spot them in cities, then you know, there must have been a forest in the old days.
Now enjoy the galaxy of stars in truly ancient woods. How old this one may be?
Daffodils, they are not the be missed. You know, we call them “Easter Bell” in German and they should be in flower when we celebrate Easter. This year, most of them did not make it in time, too cold was the weather before Easter. But I am sure they will bloom very soon. Here is one that stands out probably feeling like a VIP (very important plant) between grape vines that are still some weeks away from opening up their buds.
And a final image to colour your screen today. I hope you enjoyed it.