The wood is gradually becoming a fairy-tale forest. Wood anemones bloom abundantly and on sunny days they form a dazzling white flower carpet. Where the sun reaches the flowers from the morning, wild bluebells colour the wood purple-blue, but even on these places, a lot of them are still in buds. On the edges of the valleys, where there is less sunlight, flowering is slower. There were a lot of beechnuts last autumn, and this can now be seen as there are lots of seedlings (= very young beeches) along the paths. They can be recognised by their two ‘elephant’s ears’, the first two leaves on the seedlings that look nothing like true beech leaves. Some young beeches are getting leaves already. Plant lovers will recognise Belgian gagea, one of the rarest plants in the wood.
Not good news: the wood has hardly started to flower, and the traces of photographers are visible: where they walked, sat or lied down on the flowers. How sad!