Spring Flowers

Saturday, May 7th 2016

Spring seems to have been a long time in arriving, but one advantage to the low temperatures is that the spring flowers remain in bloom longer.  Primroses were slow to appear but can now be seen in many places around the reserve.  They are certainly spreading their range.  The one growing in the steps is still beautiful and now has a Common Dog Violet next to it.

Primrose and Common Dog Violet

Common Dog Violet with the honey guides that guide the insects to the centre of the flower.

Common Dog Violet

Last year we recorded Bluebells growing in many new areas and that has continued this year.  They are not yet all in full bloom, turning parts of the reserve blue.  Soon though.

Bluebell

Our orchard, on the way to the wetland and moor, is doing well and the first tree, probably an apple, is in full flower.

Probable Apple blossom

One reason for planting these trees was to provide pollen for bees, both bumble and hive.  In the photograph below you can see the pollen on the anthers.

Pollen on the anthers

Another tree that provides food for insects in spring, is Norway Maple. 

Norway Maple flower with insects


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