Wordless Wednesday – Spring blossom

The quince tree has put on leaf and the blossom is opening all within a few days

This crab apple has pinker flowers but the fruit is yellow, unlike the crab apple I showed yesterday the fruit on this one never stays on the tree for more than a couple of weeks

I’m told this is an ornamental flowering plum, possibly Prunus blireana

Magnolia

A new purchase, Magnolia stellata

Wordless Wednesday

Last weekend while moving some trays of pots I found this:

Asp viper, Vipera aspis

Asp viper, Vipera aspis

Asp viper, Vipera aspis

Asp viper, Vipera aspis

Does that slight bulge you can see above mean it was digesting something?

Asp viper, Vipera aspis

Asp viper, Vipera aspis

From its markings and its size (small) we identified it as Asp viper, Vipera aspis – yes, that’s the one the Cleopatra supposedly used to commit suicide.  I think it is probably what bit me a couple of years ago but that time I didn’t even see it.

It will teach me to wear gloves and socks and shoes rather than sandals!