Spring flowers

With the mixture of sun and rain, Spring flowers are starting to pop up all over my local patch.

The Spring flowers seem much lower to the ground and not as bold as the summer flowers.

The woodland floor is now completely covered with a carpet of green, Bluebell leaves, Dog’s Mercury and Lords and Ladies, with odd spikes of purple from budding Bluebells and occasional patches of yellow from Primroses.

In a months time the ground will be a blanket of purple. These Spring woodland plants flower early to capture the sunlight before the leaves on the trees block the light to the woodland floor.

The grass verges are springing in to life with Lesser Celandine, Dandelions and Cowslips and the nettles and brambles line the hedgerow.

Spring flowers are an important, early source of nectar to bees, insects and butterflies that start appearing in the Spring.

To me, to sight of Spring flowers and especially Bluebells, means that the Badger cubs will soon be emerging from their underground chamber for the first time.

Primrose

primrose

Wood anemone

Wood anemone

L. Celandine

Lesser Celandine

Common nettle

Common nettle

Cowslip

Cowslip

Bluebell

Bluebell

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Lords and ladies

Lords and ladies

Dog's Mercury

Dog’s mercury

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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild
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