Spring

Some welcome sunshine this week

bee on celandine

 

From a car, Wrangaton Road is fast and litter-strewn, but the views are lovely and the open verges between Bittaford and Ivybridge station support a different variety of flowers from the shady lane between Moorhaven and Green Lane.

 

Alexanders is just coming into bloom. Also known as Roman parsley, all parts of the plant are edible. Recipe suggestions are available from the Eden Project, https://www.edenproject.com/learn/for-everyone/edible-wild-food-alexanders, and this wild food blog: http://www.wildfoodandrecipes.co.uk/


The first bluebells and common dog violets. Note the pointed sepals on these dog violets. The sweet violets still flowering between Moorhaven and Green Lane have rounded sepals and coarser leaves


 


I suspect this is ordinary ragwort growing near the station, but I wanted it to be Oxford ragwort, which apparently escaped from Oxford botanical gardens in 1794 and has been travelling the country by railway ever since.


 

wren

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