Bluebell, British wildflowers, Cowslip, Garlic mustard, Ground ivy, Ivy-leaved toadflax, Sow thistle, spring wildflowers, Wild garlic
The Spring sunshine has been a little sparse in recent weeks but the wildflowers are slowly continuing to appear. Here are some recent finds …
I couldn’t resist including more Bluebells (Hyacinthoides sp.) as they really encapsulate Spring for so many people.
First come the primroses, then these beauties take over: Cowslips (Primula veris).
You may know it as ‘Jack-by-the-hedge’, so-named for its love of a shady spot by a hedge, this is Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata).
Don’t forget to look down low for this burst of purple goodness. It’s Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea).
Blooming now on a wall near you, Ivy-leaved toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis).
Part of the large and mightily confusing dandelion family, this is one of the Sow thistles (Sonchus sp.).
If you go down to the woods today, make sure you take a peg for your nose … unless, like me, you love the smell of Wild garlic (Allium ursinum).
Jon Wallis said:
Wild garlic leaves (the younger the better) are great in a salad. Just make sure you pick ones from above the height of a large dog’s cocked leg 😉
Garlic mustard leaves are also edible, apparently, but I haven’t tried them (yet).
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Interesting, though I’m not a forager. I prefer to leave things for everyone to enjoy and the critters to eat. 🙂