April sunshine

The burst of sunshine over the weekend has brought out some new flowers along Bittaford Road, including the first delicate lady’s smock.

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lady's smock

There was a clump of greater chickweed. It was hard to do it justice with my phone camera but you can see the 10 stamens – each purple blob is a pair – that distinguish it from common chickweed. Although my book says that it often overlaps in size with common chickweed, these specimens were notably larger, more upright and more robust looking than the common chickweed that straggles everywhere it gets a chance in our garden (much to the delight of our guinea pigs).

Other whites were white dead-nettle, ribwort plantain with its frilly tutu of stamens, cleavers (goose grass), and greater stitchwort.

white dead-nettle
white dead-nettle
ribwort plantain
ribwort plantain
cleavers
cleavers
greater stitchwort
greater stitchwort

There were early examples of three umbellifers flowering: cow parsley, greater burnet saxifrage, and hogweed.

cow parsley
cow parsley

There were also a few leaves of rough chervil showing (right), which will flower once the cow parsley (left) has finished.

Bright purple common dog violets at Ivybridge station, distinguishable from early dog violets by a baggy white (rather than purple) spur behind the flower.

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common dog violet

Summery pinks and reds: hedgerow cranesbillbroad dock, and common vetch.

hedgerow cranesbill
hedgerow cranesbill
broad dock
broad leaved dock
common vetch
common vetch

Trees are coming into flower, with early flowering blackthorn now joined by hawthorn and, soon, holly.

hawthorn
hawthorn
holly flowers
holly buds
witches' butter
witch’s butter

Every spring there is a fabulous display of primroses at the top of Bittaford hill.

primroses in Bittaford

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  1. Joy Smerdon says:

    What a lovely selection Jackie! It shows that spring has really sprung. You must be learning a lot of plants you hadn’t possibly noticed before.
    Best wishes
    Joy

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    1. Thanks Joy. Yes, it always amazes me how much there is once you start looking

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