Turquoise wood

turquoise wood1

Have you ever seen bits of turquoise wood?  They are often lying about and turquoise is a colour very unusual in nature (the only turquoise plant I can think of is the tropical Jade Vine – correct me if I’m wrong).  This is caused by the spore of peziza, a common genus of fungi.

Wild Plum or Blackthorn?

wild plum

The hedgerows are full of white blossom now – but is it blackthorn?  This is actually wild plum which tends to come out before the blackthorn.  A cold spell (like the one we’re currently enjoying (?) is known as a ‘blackthorn winter’ – its a common March phenomenon.

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