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Our Spring Nature Walk

The junior and senior infants went for a spring nature walk this week. Around the school grounds we saw lots of different varieties of plants, flowers, trees and birds. Please have a look at our photos and read on for some information regarding what we saw. 
Sunny, yellow daffodils are a wonderful sign that spring has arrived!
Daffodils have been known for thousands of years. They figure in the myth of Narcissus, which is another name for the daffodil plant. Narcissus fell in love with his own image in a pool of water, and was turned into a flower. The drooping head of the daffodil flower represents Narcissus staring at himself in the water.
Daisies come in many sizes, some can be as tall as six feet and some just as tall as grass on the lawn. Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica. Commonly, a daisy has a yellow centre and is surrounded by white petals. However, it can have petals of other colours, such as pink or rose as well.
Daisies are actually not one flower only. They are made up of two flowers, namely disk florets and petal-like white ray florets. It is the arrangement of the florets, which gives it an appearance of a single flower.
Daisy leaves are edible and can make a tasty addition to salads (they're closely related to artichoke and are high in Vitamin C).
People use the phrase “As fresh as a Daisy” because daisies are supposed to be pure and innocent.
The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.
The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep. Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves and flower. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for colouring.
The dandelion provides an important food source to bees. The pollen from this plant helps bees out in the spring because it flowers early and the flowers continue through to the autumn providing constant food. In fact no less than 93 different kinds of insects use dandelion pollen as food. The dandelion seeds are important food to many small birds.
Thistles have prickliness as a characteristic physical feature. Typically, prickles or spiny leaves surround the flower especially, though some thistles are prickly all over, a defense against being eaten.
While those who consider the thistle to be a weed try to eradicate the plants, others cultivate some thistle for food. Thistle flowers bloom in many colours, including white and yellow, though thistles are often thought of as lavender to purple. The flowers of thistles are inviting to wildlife, attracting insects and birds alike.

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