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It’s the first day of spring
Today’s vernal equinox means longer and brighter days are on their way. From today we will be enjoying earlier sunrises, later sunsets, sprouting plants, blossom, and the lambing season is well on its way. Spring is a time where we go out with the old and in with the new and we have some wonderful lambs wool products for you from Romney Marsh Wools.
Traditionally the vernal or spring equinox signals the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. At the equinox, Earth’s two hemispheres receive the sun’s rays equally. The night and day are approximately equal in length. The word equinox come from the Latin word aequus (equal) and nox (night).
Now is also the time where the English native daffodil comes into bloom. It is smaller than cultivated varieties with paler petals, but it is still a striking sight in early spring. The wild daffodil is also known as the Lent lily since it often blooms and fades within the Lenten period. It is the county flower of Gloucestershire and in the language of flowers it represents hope, folly and unrequited love.
Specialising in flower photography, Celia Henderson has captured the beauty of cultivated varieties. Click on the link to view her beautiful pictures.
Places to see Wild Daffodils
Dunsford Nature Reserve (Devon Wildlife Trust)
Howe Ridding Wood Nature Reserve (Cumbria Wildlife Trust)
George’s Hayes (Staffordshire Wildlife Trust)
Oysters Coppice Nature Reserve (Wiltshire Wildlife Trust)
Stocking Springs Wood (Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust)
Wessington Pasture (Herefordshire Wildlife Trust)