Friday, January 27, 2012

Signs of Spring: Arum maculatum leaves



































There's a long way to go yet, and cold weather is on the way, but this is something I look forward to at this time of year - cuckoo pint Arum maculatum foliage spearing up through last year's dead leaves and beginning to unfurl.

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  1. Lovely shot Phil.
    Got plenty of these bursting through the ground round here at the moment.

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    1. I've seen some with leaves fully expanded Keith - they seem pretty early this year..

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  2. Fully in leaf here in Somerset Phil and now it's hailing, fingers crossed.

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    1. I think we are heading for a stop-start kind of spring Andrew...

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  3. My laptop is struggling to get pictures onto its screen today so I can see nothing here except an empty square. (Will return!) However, it's a good reminder to go and look for the Arum Maculatum which grown in abundance in the wooded areas near where I live. I too like them and always find them surprising, even though I see them every year.

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    1. Hi Lucy, I've got them in my garden and they are slowly spreading around - birds must be eating the berries and dispersing the seeds.

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  4. I shall go and check the local population on Monday. Hope the cold doesn't get them.

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    1. I think they are pretty tough toffeeapple, which is interesting because most aroids are sub-tropical or tropical....

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  5. A beautiful shot at mouse's view angle! Love it.

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    1. These little pocket digital cameras are great for getting ground level perspectives, aren't they Blackbird? A bit hit-and-miss sometimes, though, because the autofocus can be a bit random......

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