Wednesday March 31st 2021 – Sorry for the grainy phone photo, but I found something on my way home tonight on Clayhanger Common that always fills me with joy.
First cowslip of the year.
I know cowslips will never win any wards for complexity or outstanding beauty, but these humble members of the primrose family are so gorgeous, and herald the spring like no other flower.
Coming as the daffodils fade, they assure you that summer is indeed on its way, and when I was a child, were very rare in these parts.
Thankfully, due to declining weedkiller use, improved habitats, and guerrilla seed scatterers like me, Clayhanger Common and other grassy areas are now awash with this wonderful wildflower.
Seeing the first one of the year is always a joy to the very soul.