Today is the last day of April and the last day of Spring (or at least it was when I was in school!). While we have had some lovely Spring weather of late, today quite appropriately, we had some April showers.
This month has seen a huge change in the Horse Chestnut. It is the first deciduous tree in Ireland to open its leaves in Spring; the bud laden branches of March are scarcely visible anyone.
It is now covered in bright green palmate leaves; each leaf having five or seven serrated finger-like leaflets.
While in March we eagerly awaited bud burst, now we await its blossoms as their candle-like form begins to emerge.