The Owl Wood holds many delights - snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, bluebells, cuckoo pint, cow parsley, aconites, dandelions, buttercups and violets. plus many more. It is probably the wild garlic which makes me most excited of all, but watch this space.
Yesterday I had a hunch that there could be some early signs of it, if only I could find the right location. I ended up on hands and knees, peering through my strongest glasses and brushing away debris and leaves which cloak the woodland floor.
By now my nose was almost touching the ground, but Yes! I had found some tiny bits of it, scarcely half an inch long, but by carefully breaking a tiny piece off one, and crushing it between my fingers, I could easily detect that wonderful garlicky smell.
It is tiny, but active. It won't take much more than a few weeks for it to come through and then I'll be baking wild garlic scones, wild garlic bread (much nicer than 'garlic bread'), quiches, pesto... the possibilities are endless.
The flowers are very attractive, as well as edible. For a few weeks the woodland floor will look like this.
It is a true seasonal delight. I carefully replaced the covering of leaves and will leave it to grow, for now.
I also found one violet, tucked away and hidden. It helps that I know where to look, or I would never have seen that pretty little flower.