PrimrosesAll wildflowers now appear much earlier than they used to as a result no doubt of global warming. Primroses for instance, which I used to think of as a February flower, now appear before Christmas.
Wild daffodils are a case in point. Back in the 1980s I used
to see fields of them but those fields have gone, no doubt ploughed up and ‘improved’.
The only ones I see now are these that I planted myself at the entrance to our
house, which have been flowering for nearly a week and bringing joy to my heart
every time I pass them.
SnowdropsSnowdrops on the other hand have been late this year, perhaps because it’s been a cold winter. I usually see them at Christmas in a small bed outside our back door but my first sighting this year was in the wilds of Mid Devon on 22 January on a freezing and wet day. It was so dark that my camera flashed as I took the picture.
(Lesser) CelandineThis for me is the real harbinger of spring. Its flowers are like miniature suns, gleaming out of bedraggled hedgerows. One day they’re not there, and the next they’re everywhere. This year that day was Tuesday (2 February), again a month earlier than The Books say.
I may continue with this wildflower watch as spring unfolds. I keep looking for my blog’s raison d’être, or USP (unique selling point) as Frog would say, and wildflowers are as good as anything. After all, as I’ve said before (and will say again), no one else in the media seems to care about them. Do please feel free to contribute your own sightings and experiences. I'd like to know about them.