wood in west swindon - march 9th
Grey Poplar (Populus canescens) - male catkins before the stamens open.
Garlic Mustard or Jack-by-the-Hedge (Alliaria petiolata). At this stage the plant appears as kidney-shaped leaves carpeting the ground, the petioles somewhat hairy. (The later leaves are cordate, with quite elongated apices.) The young leaves look a lot like Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) in shape, but they have about twice as many knobbly bits, more like 30 than 15. Besides, the young leaves of Ground Ivy clearly arise in lines from creeping stems.
Lords-and-Ladies (Arum maculatum) - unfurling leaves.
Hazel (Corylus avellana) - catkins and new leaves.
Corner of a decaying block of polystyrene.