Tree following: …..bring May flowers

Leomansley Woods are lovely all year round but within the next few weeks they will be at the peak of their beauty. Well, I think so. You’ll have to visit and see if you agree.

There’s just a smattering at the moment, but soon the bluebells will fill the gaps between the trees and paint the woodland floor with their colour.

Getting bluer by the day

I could put a photo on here from last year but why spoil the anticipation? It’s not long to wait now! In the meantime there’s plenty more going on of interest, although I confess I’m not always sure what exactly. I’m still fumbling my way through with a variety of Woodland Trust swatch books and a junior nature guide but I am learning slowly. I’ve realised that trying to identify the plants from photographs is not the way to do it. Clearly, it’s a bit tricky to see if the leaves smell of anything (for example, according to my book, hemlock has ‘the strong smell of mice’!) and it’s hard to see other subtle details from a photograph too.

I know these are tulips.....


This is some kind of fungus......

No idea???


No idea part 2????

The dandelions had closed up due to the rain (or maybe they’ were hiding, having heard of my plans to turn them into marmalade……).

Not so dandy

Elsewhere along the lane, other plants were still showing evidence of the last downpour.

Raindrops on leaves

The tree itself now has buds and I’m pretty sure that it is an oak. The path running past the tree goes past Leomansley House/Manor and leads to Pipe Green. Pipe Green is a wonderful area of meadowland managed by a trust and they have an equally wonderful website with details of all the birds, plants and animals you might spot whilst you are there. Have a look at the website here and then go and visit! I’m going to go and see if I can spot the wood anemones.

Oak Aged

Galls & Buds come out to play

Following the sale of the Maple Hayes Estate, to which it belongs, Leomansley Wood now has a new owner. Let’s hope that it will now be cared for and managed as well as it should be.



6 thoughts on “Tree following: …..bring May flowers

  1. Hi Kate,
    A lovely post. It’s nice to see the ‘before’ photo’s, knowing that everything is changing, slowly, but it is changing. The identification is always challenging, but I find hugely rewarding. Meeting a plant for the first time, and especially its location usually stays with me for a long while – I can see a plant type I know well and can remember where I first encountered that type of plant. Fascinating!
    Someone once suggested a website that proves very handy for identification – I use it quite often and try and chip in with identification also.
    Kind regards, Gary


    • Hi Gary
      Thanks! I’ve always appreciated wildflowers and nature passively in the past, but this year I’ve been inspired by a variety of people & things, including Lucy’s tree following, to actually get stuck in a bit more. As you say, a first time discovery is a very special things & as a novice, there will be plenty of them to come for me! Thanks for the website too, I shall definately be having a look, so don’t be suprised if you see a surge in ‘Help! What’s this?’ type things from the Lichfield area!
      Kind regards, Kate


  2. Hi Kate

    The crimson flower is a red cowslip. Not sure if they’re cultivated variety escaped into the wild, or a genetic mutation. Compare to the common yellow ones here:

    There’s a clump of similar ones that grow on a roadside verge near Calton in Staffordshire’s Weaver Hills. I try to visit them every spring. One of my first blog posts recorded them:

    Gary is right, by the way. iSpot is brill.

    Carry on hugging those trees



    • Hi Bob

      Thanks for your help on this.Funnily enough, I read your post and though ‘Aw I don’t remember seeing cowslips around here…’ but it looks like we do have them, albeit unusual ones!

      Carry on planting those seeds 😉
      Cheers, Kate


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