Springtime in Guiseley

Walking through the park this week you will no doubt have spotted the new flowers which are opening up daily.  Spring has finally sprung and plants which have been shivering and clinging onto life for months have been rewarded with warm, nurturing sunshine.  There has been very little rain over the last few weeks, which could become a problem if the dry conditions continue, but at the moment the plants are thriving.The most stunning area of the park has to be the woodland path from Greenshaw Terrace, which is carpeted with beautiful wood anemones and celandine

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There are still some cheerful daffodils around the park although the striking display along Jubilee walk has now gone over.

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Other spring flowers to spot are the primroses, which are bursting into flower near the new wooden bench.  This area has struggled with some trampling and the exposed, dry conditions but is beginning to show signs of life with fresh verdant leaves emerging daily.

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The delicate blue flowers of the forget me not have appeared, alongside the whispy flowers of the wood rush and the rosettes of the foxgloves are promising a good display of colour later in the year.The tiny delicate flowers of the dog violets are also peeping through near the holly hedge.And if you look very carefully in the bed to the right of the wooden bench, you can see the exotic fronds of the fern unfurling like a dragon awakening from a long sleep.

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This is such a special time of year and you can almost see the plants growing before your eyes as they bathe in the sunshine.  Having just checked the weather forecast I fear this is going to be short-lived so I hope you managed to get outside over the bank holiday weekend to enjoy it.

PS  I planted a few hundred snow drops last week in the park that Brooks Ecological had donated,  so they should hopefully come up next spring.

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