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The frogspawn ‘dots’ are becoming more and more active. Children have eagerly collected small samples to observe in their classes, and are fascinated by the evolution towards tadpoles.

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The last of this year’s Daffodils are showing brightly and in the boulders behind the Comfrey, ‘Bird’s Eye’ Alkanet is in flower…

 

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Richard Mabey’s staggeringly wonderful and encyclopaedic ‘Flora Britannica’ described it on page 309 as a: “pert, bristly, medium-sized perennial from south west Europe, now widely naturalised in woodland edges, especially close to settlements. It has bright blue, white-eyed flowers that begin to bloom in March and carry on well into Summer. […] The name ‘alkanet’ derives from the Arabic for henna, and it is possible that this ‘little henna’ was first introduced to this country for the much cheaper red dye which can be extracted from its roots.”
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