Ransoms are flowering, white stars bursting through their papery capsules, alongside the tiny blue flowers of ivy-leaved speedwell. In the hedge, there are the first flowers of blackthorn.

Shining cranesbill and bluebell are prolific, with the first few flowers just showing today. Cranesbills (native geraniums) are named for their beak-like seed pods. Shining cranesbill is easily identified by clumps of glossy leaves, often tinged red, and small, bright pink flowers (a more intense pink than they look in the photo above).

Between Green Lane and Peek Moor Gate, there are lots of the distinctive green flowers of moschatel

Greater stitchwort is coming into flower, with common dog violets (note the white spur at the back of the flower), forget-me-nots and barren strawberry. Barren strawberry differs from edible wild strawberries by softly furred leaves and more widely spaced petals.


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