One of the best things about Spring is the rush of colours that burst out from the drabness of winter. Some of these colours come in the most unexpected of places. We all expect flowers to be brightly coloured. After all, it’s their job to attract insects to aid with pollination. When their job is over they fade and fall leaving only memories. This strange flower last much longer than you would expect. This female flower from the Larch (Larix decidua) turns into a cone. The wonder of the world around never ceases to amaze me. Who would think that that a beautiful gentle bloom like this would turn into something so hard and brown that is capable of hanging on trees for years.