The first sighting of – a star of Bethlehem.

Weeding remains the central activity for us in Perivale park itself.  But we have noticed a star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) emerging in the bulb glade where they were planted 18 months or so ago. Unlike the Fritillaries, this one has not (yet) emerged in abundance. But it is doing better than the wood anemonies which are so far elusive.

Such is the nature of this year, where the park is visited for exercise on a daily basis, that you tend to notice more and more. Even commonplace plants such as buttercups, daisies and dandelions seem to be having a bumper time. Perhaps they know that they have to put on an entertainment for us and are certainly delivering the goods! And one of the older trees in the park (certainly been there for 40+ years) is the purple cercis, which is visible from afar and always cheers us up.

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