Yesterday and today working up on the Greensand Ridge were as different as chalk and cheese , with sunshine and warm temperatures yesterday , and a lot more cloud and a wind , with a keen edge to it today .
Yesterday was spent 'beating up hedges' , not thrashing them with a stick , but replacing plants that were planted last winter , but for some reason or another , didn't survive , lets hope the replacements do better . Only interest found , was an unexpected Green Sandpiper , that took off calling as we approached the ditch that it was in . When I got home , Carol told me that she had a Comma , sunbathing in the garden for about an hour in the afternoon . Like several species of butterflies , the Comma overwinters as an adult , and come out of hibernation when conditions are suitable . I also heard of two male Brimstones seen about midday , up on the Common .
Today was spent at several sites , but mainly clearing away the brash , left over from the last session of hedgelaying . Although cooler than yesterday , on a roadside bank , I found lots of Winter Heliotrope-Petasites fragrans , and alongside a small stream , it's relation Butterbur-Petasites hybridus , but this was just emerging into flower . In the same general area , I found my first Daffodil of the year in flower . A bit further along the lane , on a high bank , I found a beautiful mix if spring flowers . Crocus , Snowdrop , more Daffodils , but not open yet , and a large patch of yellow flowers that I thought were Lesser Celandine from a distance , but when I got up close , they were in fact Winter Aconite-Eranthis hyemalis , one of my favourites . Just before leaving the site , I came across my first Primrose-Primula vulgaris flower of the year . Of course it would be difficult to say whether all or any of these were truly wild flowers , but they certainly gave a lift to a dull day .
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