A short walk along the Nottingham Canal this morning, before being treated to a nice lunch by Malcolm's mum.
The sunshine was strong, but the breeze has picked up a little since yesterday, which is a welcome relief. Along the canal, the wild flowers are beginning to show some colour. The bright yellow Flag Iris will be out soon, but for now the Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) is adding it's lovely purple flowers. This plant is extremely useful for nitrogen fixing which is vital for soil fertility. As such, it is often planted by farmers as a green manure to be ploughed in for soil conditioning.
Caltha palustris). Also known as Kingcup, it is a member of the Buttercup family and probably one of Britain's oldest plants, surviving the last ice age and spreading widely afterwards.
Carex nigra) are also flowering along the water's edge, but their flowers are considerably less colourful.