Spring is in the Air

Spring is truly in full swing all around the country at the moment. The sun is actually shining and new growth can be seen around every corner.

New Growth on Laurel

New Growth on Laurel

On a recent walk in the woods near my house, I got to enjoy the many delights of spring that are erupting beneath the leafless canopy of trees. The forest floor that still has an orange hue from the beach leaves, has been speckled green with the leaves of bluebells, wild garlic and anemone.

Bluebell leaves

Bluebell leaves

While wandering off the beaten track I discovered a plant I had never seen before. After some investigation and some help from Twitter friend, it has been named! It is called Daphne laureola also known as Spurge laurel. It is a bit of a misleading plant as it is not a spurge or a laurel. The flowering shrub is part of the Thymelaeaceae family and is a native woodland plant to most of Europe.

Daphne laureola

Daphne laureola

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