My first taste of spring

A cycle ride along the High Peak trail this morning brought more spring goodies than I would have expected this early that high – there was still a tiny bit of snow snuggled up in the lea of the rocks and it was almost sleeting!

Garlic Mustard, so small that I had to taste it to be sure that was what it really was, growing in abundance along the edges, along with other signs of spring like Celendine getting ready to flower (the small nodules of starch on the roots known as famine food – you would really have to be hungry to go to all that trouble!) and Chickweed nestling in sheltered corners.  We didn’t spot any Sorrel, though we did look and there was plenty of ‘too early to pick’ Nettles and ‘too early to be certain’ Cow Parsley.

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