Tuesday 18 February 2020

Spring at Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge

We spent a couple of hours at Anglesey Abbey yesterday, immersing ourselves in the bursts of sunshine and the signs of spring. We saw two 7-spot Ladybirds emerging from their over-wintering state. These are the first ladybirds I have seen on the move since 2019. We also noticed quite a few bees, some of them bumblebees and some of them with orange pollen sacs. I am still waiting for my first butterfly...

What follow are some fairly random photos of the flowers and others sights we saw. Some of the plants and trees are undoubtedly cultivated and cared for; but an estate garden offers scope for a huge variety of wild species, too, due to the different habitats, in this case the silver birch stand, the snowdrop walk, the extensive grasslands where we sometimes encounter Green Woodpeckers, and the river where we watched a Kingfisher on our last visit. 

Blossom, bee and fresh leaves

The joy of spring colour

A scattering of species: Hellebore, Daffodil, Crocus and Snowdrop

My first 2020 ladybird sighting

Pollen and pollinator

My second 'emerging' Ladybird of 2020

Bumblebee with pollen sac

Contorted or Corkscrew Hazel (or Filbert?), with catkins


Silver birch stand, looking stark, stately and somewhat otherwordly...

Who could resist these?

Small white Violets

A carpet of Snowdrops

A cultivated bulb

Aconite: these were almost over

There was a Periwinkle flower near the mill in the rusted inner band attached to a millwheel...

...and here is a close-up.

A time for reflections...

The mill lode

Looking back

Is this an early-flowering Cherry, perhaps?


We saw several Robins; this one was looking here, there...

... and everywhere.

Anglesey Abbey

I always enjoy seeing a weathervane, particularly an unusual one like this gilded cast iron Viking longboat. I wonder what history lies behind it. If you like looking up to see weather vanes and windvanes, you might enjoy the chapter entitled 'Skylines' in Findings by Kathleen Jamie.

My thanks here to Ragged Robin for alerting me to the #LookUpForLent Twitter meme, which you will enjoy if you like gazing upwards at roof bosses, weather vanes and the like. 

Cyclamen: a sign of new life still to come


kjsutcliffe said...

your weather is far nicer than ours, we are still under dreary grey skies with a rather persistent cold wind - fed up with it now! bring on spring (please!)

Conehead54 said...

Your cherry blossom is a close relative, Cherry Plum, Prunus cerasifera. In case you don't have a name for the top blue flower it's Omphalodes verna & the Cyclamen are Cyclamen coum.

Never been to Anglesey Abbey- looks a lovely place!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely spring photos, Caroline, your season is much more advanced than ours is up here! I loved visiting Angelsey Abbey when i spent a summer working in Cambridge (many years ago now)

R's Rue said...

Beautiful photos

Ragged Robin said...

A lovely set of photos and great to see all the Spring flowers appearing as well as ladybirds and bees. I haven't seen either of those but I have seen one Red Admiral :) I do like seeing unusual weather vanes so thank you so much for the link.

Caroline Gill said...

Thank you, kjsutcliffe, Conehead54, CGP, R's Rue and RR, so much for your lovely comments. Thank you, Conehead54, for the name Omphalodes verna, not one I had encountered so always good to learn something new! And, RR, I'm jealous of your butterfly sighting, though I know patience is a virtue! ;-)

Lowcarb team member said...

What a wonderful collection of photographs.
I especially liked seeing the robin and the snowdrops.

All the best Jan