An introduction to wild flowers

Today I was out with the National Trust and had a tour of the National Trust properties on the Durham coast followed by a visit to Moorhouse Woods, where I started to identify wild flowers for the first time.

Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) was the first I identified, followed by Dog’s Mercury (Mercurialis perennis), Lesser Celendine (Ranunculus ficaria) and Butterbur (Petasites hybridus).

Stuff I learned:
• Dog’s Mercury can be an indicator of ancient woodland.
• Lesser Celendine was one of the earliest of Britain’s wild flowers to appear and a favourite of the famous poet William Wordsworth who wrote a whole poem about it.
• According to tradition the leaves of the Butterbur were used for wrapping butter – which is how it got it’s English name.

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