Sadly, we shall be unable to undertake our wild flower walks this year. But I thought you might like to know what I have seen in our area recently. These flowers have all been seen in the hedgerows within 400 yards of my home in Southwell. I have kept to this area in recognition of the advice given by the Govt.
Spring was early this year, after a mild winter, and a warm and sunny April. By my reckoning, plants and trees are flowering at least 3 weeks earlier than usual.
Here is my list- I appreciate there will be lots more further afield, but these can easily be seen locally on roadsides and hedgerows.
Sow thistle; green alkanet; herb Robert; chickweed; thale cress; dog violets; celandine; ivy-leaved toadflax; red- and white- dead nettles; yellow archangel; comfrey; garlic mustard; lge-periwinkle; ground ivy; red campion; ladysmock; wood spurge; blackthorn; privet; cow parsley; bluebell; groundsel; dandelion; daisy; cuckoo pint; honesty( probably a garden escape); meadow buttercup;
A very good hedgerow to visit is New Lane, just before Edingley. Go to where the road starts to descend, and park there( not on the verges,)This is a no- through road, so little traffic. Bee orchids and other limestone lovers flourish there in June
Celia Dunkley 14 May 2020
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