April’s Changing Seasons ~ Bleak With Bright Blooming Intervals

Here in Shropshire we’re back to wintery temperatures after last week’s four days of summer. The header photo was taken on Sunday up at the allotment – damson blossom against a stormy sky.

But despite the coolness, plant life seems to be thriving:

Out in the woods:


In monochrome:


As seen from Wenlock Edge and in the Shropshire Hills (on a hot day last Thursday):


And out in the garden:

Who knows what will happen next:


The Changing Seasons:  April 2018

Please visit Su to see her changing seasons over in New Zealand

57 thoughts on “April’s Changing Seasons ~ Bleak With Bright Blooming Intervals

  1. Love the plum blossoms. My plums have all flowered, they are done but the apple is now beginning to bloom. Step outside and enjoy the aroma!
    These are great.

  2. We’re having warmer, spring-like temperatures, but aren’t nearly as far along as far as plants blooming. Each day I see a few more, though, and I think one day there will suddenly be flowers everywhere. Your monochromes look good, but after a winter of greys and whites, I want to wallow in the color. 🙂


  3. Would you be gnashing your teeth if I told you I am back in short sleeves these past two days?
    Nights are a bit chilly but it’s balmy down here. Which fits my barmy personality just right”

    Your environs look lovely.

    1. Promise not to gnash though would like to give the vests a rest. Is this surprise weather in your neck of the woods? There are terrible rainstorms in Kenya at the mo, way above and beyond the seasonal rainfall. Also despite my grumbling about cold winds and rain, today the plants are growing even faster. Must go and see what’s going on with peas and broad beans at the allotment 🙂

      1. We always have a sort of Indian Summer and then Bam! Hereeee’s Winter!

        I doubt we will see the month out before the woolies come out the cupbaord.
        And I must be planting peas too.
        Though I am still basking in a warm glow from the soccer last night!
        It’s only a game! Right, yes, of course! Behave yourself, Douglas!

  4. It’s a beautiful sight, Tish, if a little chilly for our preference. Seems somebody has tipped the plants a wink- ‘get on with it guys, before Winter gets here’. 🙂 🙂

  5. Beautiful pics. The summer light is so different, isn’t it? I have to say that summer is still my favourite.

  6. First, you really have FLOWERS like a real springtime! We have shoots which I fondly believe will become flowers. Someday. Right now, we don’t even have dandelions!

    What are those little purple flowers that grow along the ground? You have a picture of one and I have them — on a normal year — everywhere.

  7. wowsers to the tulips and Wenlock edge. What is the yield like on the damsons (the best ones I ever tasted were by the Thames nr Kelmscott) – plenty of blossom and I like the monochrome

    1. Shropshire damsons are v. prolific and grow wild as well. We have our own variety – the Shropshire Prune. Once they were gathered in trainloads for the dyeing industry in Manchester. There’s even a Damson Valley not far from Wenlock. Thanks for making me think of this old country industry 🙂

      1. very interesting Tish – I only ever knew of jam. Did wonder what the wild one was doing by the Thames . Research also suggest sit was a common dye for straw hats in Bedfordshire!
        p.s. This blogging lark is keeping up my education

      2. You never know what you’ll learn next, do you 🙂 I’ve also remembered there are some lovely old photos in the Shrops local history collection – carts laden with damsons.

  8. Spring is definitely sprung Tish. I love going out each day and seeing what has changed. (And how is it that I keep finding weeds). It’s a bit cooler here too and very windy and we didn’t have the heat wave last week as there was a coastal fog for several days, but when the sun did appear it was marvellous. I love spring. And I saw tons of those darling Dog-Violets along the lane yesterday. Unfortunately they don’t have the scent of the Sweet Violets.

  9. Our garden is soaking up the sun like there’s no tomorrow … which given that, according to the weather forecasters, we’ll be back under the rainclouds by the weekend here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, (Canada) seems like a very sensible thing for it to do. 🙂

  10. All those beautiful blooms. I just saw the first snowdrop today…we are more than a month behind average, because of the harsh winter.

    1. I’d gathered that there had been a too-long winter in your parts. It stayed too long in the UK too, but at least we’re lucky that the plants don’t seem to be too bothered. Just the humans who are being whimpish.

  11. Wow. What a lovely show. Magnificent photos of magnificent flowers and landscapes! We’ve had several wintry spells of late too here in Los Angeles.

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