Flowers of March in Val d’Ancœur


 

Along the Ancœur…

This series about flowers of March is the result of several photo sessions in the natural area of the Bordes Chalonges, on the edge of the Ancœur water stream (Seine-et-Marne).

The flowers of March…

Alongside the most emblematic flowers of the arrival of spring (Narcissus, Primrose, Anemone), this series reveals photographs of more discreet flowers (Scille, Violets), which enjoy a light of late winter always accessible between the trees still devoid of leaves. Shrubs (Willow, Black Thorn) also hasten to bloom in a still lively air, even before their first leaves.

In March, the undergrowth of Île-de-France already sparkles with the first bursts of colour of a spring that is always full of audacity.

For these flowers of March, species photographed are, in order :

  • Wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
  • Two-leaf squill (Scilla bifolia)
  • Cowslip primrose (Primula veris)
  • Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)
  • Hairy violet (Viola hirta)
  • Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)
  • Heath dog-violet (Viola canina)
  • Black thorn (Prunus spinosa)
  • Wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
  • Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna)
  • Hairy violet (Viola hirta)
Print format :

  • 50 x 70 cm : #2, #4, #11
  • 40 x 60 cm : #1, #3, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10

 

Did you know that…

  Did you know thatthe Lesser celandine hides « fake seeds » under her armpits?

These are actually bulbils hidden under the armpits of its leaves (no, it doesn’t smell like sweat!) that come off when the leaf is wilted. They then wander around with the water from the showers and will germinate where a channel carries them. The abundance of these bulbils, which develop under good conditions and remain on the ground when the plant disappears in summer, has given rise to the popular superstition of a « potato rain » or « wheat rain ».


  Did you know that the Wild daffodil lives under a false name?

Indeed, all over France, the Wild Daffodil or Trumpet Daffodil is called « Jonquille ». Trickery ! The real Daffodil is another species of Daffodil, very different, living in the Mediterranean region.  The Daffodil Narcissus (Narcissus jonquilla), is the only one that reminds us of its Spanish name of « small rush », referring to a tube shaped foliage. So let’s give this « bonita flor española » back what belongs to it !


  Did you know that the Wood Anemone is a poisoner ?

Just 200 milligrams of anemonin – the violent poison of anemone – to make a 10-kilogram dog give up the ghost ! The anemone is a moth ! Siberian hunters used the juice of its flowers as poison for their arrows. The chemical weapon is thus the (disastrous and merciless !) method used by anemones to keep away deer, stags and rabbits, who are very attracted by these first leaves and flowers of spring.