It’s now late May, but it still feels like early May – thanks to powerful cold winds from melting glaciers in Greenland. Everything natural is at least 3 weeks behind. Nonetheless, during the past few days, we’ve been getting a good spell of warming sunshine – and that has encouraged plants to throw out new branches, leaves, and even flowers. At this time of year – or, rather, that time of year (ie in a normal early May) wild flowers are, predominantly yellow. We were over at the croft, a couple of days ago, planting half a dozen oak trees, and everything was yellow. Unless it was green. Except alder and sycamore : new leaves are vivid red-brown. All of these photos are taken in ‘The Creek’ below Carrick, where we first started planting trees about twelve years ago.