|Crocuses in the grassy area of St Giles' churchyard,|
Northampton. 11 February, 2016
In Byfield's pocket park the leaves of Hazel and Spindle, Euonymus europaeus, are unfurling and buds on Field Maple are fattening nicely. The Spindle, although native to Northants, is introduced here. It is a shrub generally associated with limestone so it is scarce in this area. Curiously the fruits of Spindle contain the alkaloids theobromine (found in chocolate) and caffeine (found in tea). Birds readily consume the fruits!
|A number of yew saplings are now found|
in Byfield Pocket Park. 10 February, 2016
The weather forecast is for several days of chilly conditions. Dratted climate warming!