Friday, 28 March 2014

In The Pink (and yellow)

Our walk this morning took us out towards Shipley Hill and Mapperley reservoir before returning along Slack Lane.  Along Slack Lane, there are a couple of Cherry Trees which are showing off their blossom to great effect.
Eve in the cool breeze and fairly dull weather this morning, this tree seemed to glow a bright pink.
Just beautiful...
Closer to home and the grassy banks along our trail are dotted with small clumps of Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).  As I have mentioned before, the name Tussiligo comes from the Latin tussis meaning 'cough' and ago, meaning 'to act upon' and the plant is therefore named for its medicinal qualities in clearing up a bad chest.  It is also one of the first harbingers of Spring each year, so good news all round!
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