I came across some flowers today. The last thing I would of expected on a winter’s day. I think they are marsh marigolds which belong to the buttercup family. My book says they flower March to June. Marsh marigolds are said to be one of Britain’s most ancient native plants, pre-dating the last ice age. They seem to be quite healthy, growing in a spring in Slack’s Wood, Great Ayton. Though it’s not really a spring, more like just the outflow of Dikes Beck after it has flowed through the underground workings of the old whinstone quarry. Maybe this passage underground has raised the water temperature sufficiently high enough for the marigolds to flower.