Nature in Ryde Cemetery – February 2009
Diana and I were relieved to see bright sunshine, although it remained chilly, as we embarked on the February Nature Walk in Ryde Cemetery.
After a week of freezing temperatures and snow we did not expect to find much change since January’s walk and thought it unlikely we would see many signs of spring. However almost immediately we spotted not only ‘the flower of hope,’ (snowdrop) but also primroses and a crocus.
We found a spread of wild strawberries, with tiny flowers struggling to bloom.
In a few more weeks we should be seeing masses of daffodils. There are shoots everywhere, some with fat buds and we found one just opening.
Beside a still vibrant Christmas wreath a large cluster of snowdrops were growing.
By the fence amongst tangled ivy, pale pink comfrey stood tall.
We were most surprised to see daisies in February.
Despite the cold, winter weather we had found quite a few hardy flowers.
We heard birds singing, probably as pleased as we were to have a dry day with some sunshine. We didn’t spot anything unusual, just pigeons, crows, blackbirds, sparrows and blue tits. There are still plenty of berries for them.
7 February 2009
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The list of plants and insects we find in the cemetery is ever increasing and if, when you visit the cemetery, you should notice anything that would be of interest, please let us know by making contact through the Contact Us page of the website.
Photographs contributed by Diana Wood and Janette Gregson