Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wildflower Discovery Walk.

Yesterday, three people came to the farm for our Wildflower Discovery Walk, as advertised in the Cornishman. This meant a nice small group and a lot of interaction! Although not many flowers are poking their heads out this early in the year, we found quite a few, and identified others from their leaves and last year's flower heads (or fern fronds - and even the "yellow brain fungi" on gorse stems). Most were found in the far top field, where the most pronounced south-facing slope on the farm is.
Butterbur - Petasites hybridus - because the leaves were once used for wrapping butter.

Gorse - Ulex europeus - engulfing a granite gatepost.

Tri-cornered leek - Allium triquetrum - strong onion-tasting leaves.

Primrose - Primula vulgaris - whose name in Spanish, primavera, means "spring".

Lesser celendine - Ranunculus ficaria - a member of the buttercup family.

Kent, Roz and Sonya out hunting for wildflowers.

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