With the meadow now sprinkled with lemon-yellow cowslips, and clumps of daffodils, lesser celandine, and the first of the daffodils, it is lovely to see the first leaves coming out in the hedge and woodlands too. Along the hedgerows at Sun Rising, the hawthorn is coming into leaf at the same time as the blackthorn’s snow-white flowers. And in the woodland the first hazel leaf-buds are bursting open, but the bird cherries are just ahead, bringing that soft yet brilliant green into the midst of the otherwise grey-bare branches.
This bird cherry tree coming into leaf is some eight years old in the woodland burial area we call Liliana’s Wood. Its colour is just beautiful against the leafless hedge behind.