Flowers Galore!

Monday, May 7th 2018

The warmth has really encouraged the flowers to bloom.

Bluebells are now flowering along Risedale Beck.  They are in bud near the Stone Circle, always flowering later here.

Bluebells

After many years of only finding one or two clumps of Cowslips, they have really spread this year and can be found near the easy access hide and on the middle moor.

Cowslips

We have searched for a splash of purple showing that the Early Purple Orchids are in flower, to no avail until today.  This bee was busy buzzing around them.

Early Purple Orchid

Cuckoo Flower, Milkmaids, Lady's Smock and many other names, depending on which part of the country you come from, has finally flowered.  Now starts the search for Orange Tip Butterfly eggs on the plants.  The origin of the name Cuckoo Flower is that this plant flowers when the Cuckoos arrive and one was heard in the distance early yesterday morning.

Cuckoo Flower

Hunting for flowers, I spotted the leaves of Common Butterwort, an insectivorous plant.  It is not often that we see the insects on the leaves and I certainly didn't until I downloaded the photos.  It will have a good meal!

Common Butterwort


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