Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 16/03/2011

What a Difference A Day Makes,

I can’t quite believe that yesterday lunch time I was walking along side the Thames with all the signs of Spring apparent and yet today has been a cold grey overcast day. I had been hoping that yesterday’s weather would continue into the weekend as I’ll be out most of the weekend photographing.

First stop is the under 12’s football match, as I’ve mentioned before, and then we plan to zoom straight into London to Kew Gardens. The last time we were there, about 4 weeks ago, I saw my first Daffodil of the year, so by now there should be an abundance of yellow.

I recently read that whilst all other flowers consist of four main parts (carpel, stamen, petals and sepals) the Daffodil has a fifth, the trumpet or corona. Whilst visually this may seem apparent, the classification is based on the way the flower develops and it has been found that the corona does not form itself from any of the aforementioned components but independently. In fact, in the early stages of development, there is no trumpet present – but don’t bother looking for yourself as this stage take place in the bulb and required an electron microscope for final analysis. I know the iPhone is incredibly versatile but I don’t think there’s an App for that!


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