Tag Archives: Primrose

A record ‘tally’ for the 2016 wild flower walk in Hillhouse wood

Each Spring the Friends of Hillhouse Wood organise two guided walks – one to look at the Bluebells, and a Dawn Chorus one.  These are normally 2-3 weeks apart, to match each one to when its subjects are at their best.  However this year things were different, and for the first time ever we ran both walks on the same weekend. Continue reading

Stories that flowers flowering in March have to tell

Wild daffodil

172 Wild daffodil cropped

True Wild daffodils are only now found in a restricted number of woods, mainly in the west of the country.  It is an indicator of ancient woodland and grassland, often found growing with plants such as Dog’s mercury, wood anemone, Primrose, Cowslip, Lesser celandine, Ivy, and violets. Continue reading

The TrackaTree phenology project is up and running again in Hillhouse Wood

So – the wind has veered to the north, wintery squalls are scudding across the sky, and thus the obvious thing to do is a Trackatree field visit to see how Spring is getting on.  And I can report, with no little excitement, that things are stirring in the TrackaTree parts of Hillhouse Wood.  Continue reading

El Ninjo, Trackatree, and the agonies of a pincer movement

So, thanks to El Ninjo, this winter (so called) is proving to be an odd one indeed.  Our daffodils have been in flower for two weeks (normal time is first / second week in March), Twitter is awash with images of Snowdrops, and on Sunday Richard Jefferson and I saw our first Primroses (actually, Richard spotted them – I’d marched straight past; probably talking).  All of which means I’m feeling TrackaTree pressure even earlier than normal. Continue reading

More stories that flowers flowering in February have to tell

Violets

34 common dog violet

Sweet violet is used to make food flavourings and candied violets.  The flowers can be incorporated into salads, and fermented to produce a sweet wine.  Violets were used as part of treatments for insommnia, headache and depression.  They were used to make soothing oils and syrups. Garlands of its blossoms worn around the heads of revellers were supposed to dispel wine fumes and prevent dizziness and headaches. Continue reading

Spring is arrested in Hillhouse Wood

At the moment I’m in Hillhouse Wood just about every day.  This is for two reasons; firstly, I’m keeping an eye on progress with my four trees in the Track a Tree phenology project (I recommend it).  Secondly, I’m waiting for ‘Spring to start’.  Continue reading

Flowers that are a pain: the culprits should be named!

I’ve already had a moan about the ‘challenging’ tendencies of certain flowers to refuse to stick to our identification ‘rules’, in which I mentioned some of the ways they achieve this.  But what are the flowers we’ve found (so far) who are playing these tricks? Continue reading