The Woods (and my 500th post!)

Yes, 500th! Phew!

Last Sunday I went to look for some wild garlic and to inspect this tree in the woods next to our garden – fortunately just far enough away from the house if it comes down…. We’ve watched (and heard) woodpeckers tapping away at it, and wonder what the cause of its demise was. The dreaded bark beetle (BorkenkΓ€fer)?


In any case, I was drawn further into the woods when I saw all the vinca growing there – a blue-green carpet of loveliness!


With filtered sunlight it looks so at home – much prettier than the garden varieties I think.


Then I struggled through lots of dead wood and sprouting bushes to find these…


and these…


and these – my favourites!


Click on any picture below for a closer look.

46 thoughts on “The Woods (and my 500th post!)

    • It conjures up images of little creatures dancing there under the moonlight doesn’t it! We are lucky to be surrounded by trees – fabulous colours in spring (and autumn too!).

  1. Congratulations on your 500th post and lots of fun composing the next 500! Love the wood violets and that vinca does look lovelier than the garden varieties growing widely around me . . . πŸ™‚ !

  2. A wonderful 500th post, Cathy! I love all these little delicate wild flowers so much.
    Thank you for your admirable work – it brightens my mind!

  3. How wonderful these fields of blue. IΒ΄ve been told blue has the ability to warm the temperature of the plant. ThatΒ΄s why so many early spring plants are blooming blue.Congrats to your 500!
    Have a nice day! Uta

    • Thank you Uta! Yes, the hepaticas and many other plants contain a dye called anthoycyanin, which has been used in solar cells to convert light into heat. If you find any more info on this, I’d love to read up on it! Have a lovely day too Uta!

  4. Congratulations! 500 posts is very impressive and a record of a lot of good work. woodpeckers do terrible damage, last autumn one decided that it would be nice to overwinter behind our shutters – it did €300 of damage making the hole large enough for him to enter, plus he scared me rigid as I thought someone was trying to break into the house. Christina

    • Oh no! I’ve heard how woodpeckers like freshly plastered facades of apartment buildings in cities – I think it was in Berlin… apart from the noise, tremendous costs! Hope yours has found a tree further away from your house!
      Have a lovely day Christina!

    • Thank you Sarah. I don’t normally venture into this bit of woodland until elderflower time as it’s pretty uneven ground! (With lots of nettles later on!)

  5. Congratulations!! Happy 500! That’s really impressive πŸ™‚ I love your round pictures. Nature is wonderful isn’t it. Must have been great uncovering all those little beauties πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Sandy – the dog violets are later this year, so flowering the same time as many other wild flowers… it was cold for so long and now everything’s trying to catch up!

  6. 500 posts is very impressive, Cathy! You have such a refreshing blog. I am always so happy when I stop by and see your love for the beauty found in nature. The little wildflowers are so delightful. The woodpeckers have really been busy, have’t they!

    • Hi Claire – it’s a good time of year to go out into the woods with anemones and corydalis everywhere – in the UK the bluebells will be out soon I suppose too. πŸ˜€

  7. Such wonderful news! Congrats!!!! In a month I will have been on WP one year I can not believe it πŸ™‚

      • lol OH Cathy I am so very happy right now since coming back from the retreat and being in contact with my son and knowing he is happy too πŸ™‚

  8. Congratulations on the 500th post…wow! What an accomplishment! Thanks for sharing your lovliness with us Cathy. From the beautiful plants and flowers to your book reviews and wonderful yummy recipes, I have enjoyed them all. From what you share you let us your lucky readers in on a whole world. Thank you my friend for giving of yourself as you do. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  9. Well done Cathy! Congratulations! I always enjoy your posts and I’m looking forward to many, many more! πŸ™‚

  10. Cathy, don’t know how I missed seeing this earlier. Sometimes I think the Reader doesn’t update as often as it could. At any rate congratulations on your 500th post (and beyond now). I look forward to reading your blog and am happy to see you found Hepaticas in your woodland. Susie

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