Hawthorns Scavenger Hunt ~ Signs Of Spring. 🌻🌼

Kate’s words for this week are ~

Signs of Spring/ Signs of Autumn.

Hopeful window display in a local travel agent.

I thought I would stick with the Spring prompt, even though the temperatures have taken a dip again. The season is awakening slowly. By this time last year I had noticed more wild flowers and blossom than I have so far in 2021.

However I have spied some Spring flowers on recent wanders. πŸ™‚


The Lesser Celandine is a cheery yellow flower with glossy heart shaped leaves. Celandines are mentioned in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe and Wordsworth has written three poems about them.

Cherry Plum Blossom.

Flowering before all the other blossoms is the Cherry Plum which bares it’s fruit in August. I have confused this with Blackthorn in the past, but the flowers appear even earlier. So pretty.

Red flowering currant.

I notice this Red Flowering Currant every year but I haven’t been able to find out much about the shrub. I don’t recall it ever baring any currants either. The pink blooms are very vibrant.

Daffodils in bud.

The golden trumpets of the Daffodil herald the start of Spring. Daffodils are the national flower of Wales, the inspiration for Wordsworth’s most famous poem and are even the name of a Mark Ronson dance track.


Who doesn’t love the pretty Primrose , its name derives from the Latin primula vulgaris meaning First Rose. Primroses are meant to bring luck to keepers of chickens! A flower to plant around the hen hut.


Crocuses in St Mary’s churchyard looking almost like a fairyring. A vibrant Spring flower associated with love, success and cheerfulness. ❀️

What signs of Spring have you noticed ?

I am linking up to Kate’s Blog today.


30 thoughts on “Hawthorns Scavenger Hunt ~ Signs Of Spring. 🌻🌼”

  1. Your pictures are a delight and so cheerful. Here I’ve seen narcissi and crocus but no primroses. The Red-flowering currant may be an escapee from someone’s garden. I’ve one in my garden, it’s in bud but no flowers yet. πŸ’Œ

  2. I love that window. Beautifully done. We have a large flowering current in our garden. Was here 20 years ago when we moved here. Have to cut it back hard each year as it will take over. I think yours must be a Ribes sanguineum .like ours. It never has any berries just the lovely red flowers. It is the first shrub to flower in our garden, always very welcome too. x .

    1. Thanks for the flowering currant info Jak. It’s always in flower early compared to everything else and I see it every year whilst walking up near Standen Hall in Clitheroe. X

  3. Can’t beat a show of spring flowers. An uplifting post. 🌼
    PS – What’s the book in top photo?
    PPS – We call the flowering currant the cat pee bush – because of its smell! 😼

    1. Haha really. I will be sniffing it the next time I pass. 🐱
      The book is The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden. It’s a lovely book. πŸ™‚

  4. You must live in a warmer place compared to me as my flowering currant is not in flower yet though I do have a few daffodils and primroses and crocus out. I’ve also noticed the weeds are beginning to grow too! I enjoyed all your pictures too. Here’s to more warmer days!

  5. Oh I do love the better days are coming window – but you do have a wonderful selection of spring flowers – so much joy and promise of better and warmer days πŸ™‚

  6. I love that window, it looks great. I had to smile at Bea Pool’s comment above – I have a flowering currant in my front garden and my ex used to call it the cat pee bush because of the smell πŸ™‚ I used to have one in the back garden, it started off as a very thin stem three inches long, dug out of a crack in the flags in my aunt’s driveway in the 80s – it grew to quite a size and was full of lovely flowers but sadly the HA contractors bulldozed it when they were ‘doing up’ the estate and gardens three years ago 😦

    1. I am definitely going to have to check out the alluring fragrance of the cat pee bush/ sorry flowering currant. Haha. Sorry to hear about the bulldozing, that was harsh. 😦

  7. The window is lovely… I would have to have photographed that too. I too am ready for some warmer days … it is still pretty chilly here. No sign of flowers on our flowering currant or prunus yet but hopefully in the next couple of weeks all will look a bit more garden like πŸ˜ƒ

  8. There’s lots of signs of spring in my yarden. The Hellebore is flowering, I’ve got hyacinths growing, the camellia has bloomed and I have seen leaf buds on my hawthorn and blueberry πŸ™‚ The days are brighter and the birds are singing much more frequently πŸ™‚ Love spring πŸ™‚ xx

      1. I’ve spent a busy few days in the yarden cleaning and painting. Exhausted now but there were lots of sights of spring to be seen. I may try and get some photos and join in the hunt. Do you think I’m too late to do it? xx

  9. Love all your signs of spring … my flowering currant is just starting to bud now – I noticed someone mentioned the smell – it’s not so bad outside, but don’t be tempted to bring it inside – it stinks lol. Such a shame cos it’s a gorgeous flower.

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