Last Snowdrops

Glastonbury Abbey - Somerset, UK. ID 825_0532

Glastonbury Abbey – Somerset, UK. ID 825_0532

A few days ago I visited Glastonbury Abbey, this is unusual for me as you have to pay to get in.  But I new it had a good collection of snowdrops so it was well worth the entrance fee.

Glastonbury Abbey

I had too many pictures to post following my visit.  But now that the snowdrop season is coming to an end I thought this series of pictures would mark the changing of the seasons into spring.

A visited the Abbey in early evening when dark clouds were rolling passed, the low sun occasionally finding a gap to light up the remains of the stonework.

Glastonbury Abbey - Somerset, UK. ID 825_0521

Glastonbury Abbey – Somerset, UK. ID 825_0521

The Glastonbury Holy Thorn is a hawthorn tree that unusually flowers twice a year – once in winter (but not today) and again in spring.  I believe the thorn trees have been propagated many times with this tree in the Abbey grounds.  Another in the St John’s churchyard and one on the top of nearby Wearyall Hill.

Holy Thorn - Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0545

Holy Thorn – Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0545

Spring

With the forecast of blizzards in the next few days it seems strange to talk about spring being on its way.  But primroses are appearing across Somerset.

Primroses and Snowdrops - Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0200

Primroses and Snowdrops – Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0200

This group of snowdrops are showing their age.  They look on enviously at the young daffodils that will soon take their place.

Snowdrops - Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0403

Snowdrops – Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0403

The daffodils tower over the snowdrops and add a beautiful dash of yellow.

Daffodils and Snowdrops - Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0099

Daffodils and Snowdrops – Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0099

And Finally…

A look back at the daffodils with the ruins of the Abbey behind.

Daffodils - Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0180

Daffodils – Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, UK. ID 825_0180

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