Bluebells, watercolour by Mary Findell of Horrncastle.
It's also orchid season, at least for the Early Purple Orchid, Orchis mascula. Look out for them on our local road verges. On Furze Lane, for example, between Legborne and the B1200 near Manby, there are about 200 flower Orchid spikes anongst hundreds of Cowslips, Primula veris, within a fifty yard stretch of ditch bank.
Photo: Jane Woodcock.
Here's a list of the species identified from this site in early May 2014:
|Anthriscus sylvestris||Cow parsley|
|Cerastium fontanum||Common Mouse-ear|
|Cirsium vulgare||Spear Thistle|
|Epilobium hirsutum||Great Willowherb|
|Galium aparine||Goose Grass, Cleavers|
|Geranium disectum||Cut-Leaved Crane's-Bill|
|Geranium robertianum||Herb Robert|
|Glechoma hederacea||Ground Ivy|
|Heracleum sphondylium||Common Hogweed|
|Hypericum tetrapterum||Square-stalked St. John's-wort|
|Lamium album||White dead nettle|
|Orchis mascula||Early Purple Orchid|
|Oxalis acetosella||Wood Sorrel|
|Picris echioides||Bristly Ox-tongue|
|Plantago lanceolata||Ribwort Plantain|
|Plantago major||Common Plantain|
|Rosa canina||Dog Rose|
|Rumex obtusifolius||Broad-leaved Dock|
|Silene dioica||Red/Pink Campion|
|Succisa pratensis||Devil's-bit Scabious|
|Veronica chamaedrys||Germander Speedwell|
|Viola riviniana||Dog Violet|
No doubt others will emerge later in the season.
An unusual plant was spotted growing on sand-dunes at Sutton-on-Sea. Thorow Wax, Bupleurum rotundifolium, was once a common weed in wheat fields but herbicide use has seen its extinction on our farmland. There are few recent records in the British Isles as can be seen on the BSBI Distribution Map and it is one of the three hundred or so plants listed in the Red Data Book and it's conservation status is of concern right across Europe where modern agriculture has pushed it to isolated communities. It is growing well on newly accumulated sand blown in by the wind over the winter. Where the seeds came from is a bit of a mystery.