Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Kirkstall Abbey

Undeterred by the downpour on Monday I ventured out to Kirkstall Abbey, pausing at St Stephen's churchyard Kirkstall, which was full of blossom and bluebells (sadly most appeared to be hybrids). This Garden Snail (Helix aspersa) offered a piggy back to its junior companion.

Also in bloom, Green Alkanet, Pentaglottis sempervirens, spotted with pink blossom from overhanging Cherry trees. Found mainly in shady areas, large bristly green leaves and clusters of vivid blue five petalled flowers which are edible used as decoration in drinks & salads.

A white variant of hybrid bluebell.

In the Abbey Walled Garden a rain soaked Clematis montana was in full bloom.

Grey clouds, Kirkstall Abbey & a display of Rodgersia in the foreground.
Business as usual for a trio of Goldfinch and a Mistle Thrush despite the drizzle.

A pair of Canada Geese on the River Aire.

Clumps of Wild Garlic on the banks of the river.

Jelly Ear Fungus, Auricularia auricula-judae growing on an elder, and looking pretty healthy following the rainfall.

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