Spring has finally sprung and after a very long cold winter here in the UK, suddenly there has been a burst of colour everywhere. Here are some of the beautiful wildflowers we have encountered on our nature walks.
Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)
This flower Can grow up to 50cm’s in height, but mostly often shorter. The flower head measures from 20 to 30mm across and it has upright sepals, with hairy leaves divided into three lobes. It appear between May to August and can be found in a number of places including grassland, damp places, along woodland and field edges, and in parks and gardens.
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
This flower we found on the edge of woodland in a partly shaded hedgerow. It can grow up to 30cm in height. It has a loose cluster of pink flowers, each flower approximately 12 to 15mm across. It’s leaves are deeply cut in to 3 or 5 lobes. It is a common flower, often seen in shady hedgerows, woodlands and rocky banks between April and October.
Ramsons (Allium ursinum)
Most common name ‘wild garlic’ because of it’s distinctive garlic smell. It grows up to 35cms in height and can be found in damp woodland, flowering between April and May. Each flower is made up of 6 white oval pointed petals, with about 20 to 25 of these making up the round clustered shape. The leaves grow from the plant base and are long, oval and pointed in shape.