Wormstall Woods flower walk

It was a clear, warm day as we stopped to admire the first clump of sweet violets; sadly the distinctive perfume was indiscernible.  To the right of the path lesser celandine interspersed with dark bluebells covered the field, we were convinced the bluebells were native as the flowers drooped mostly to one side – the flowers in the Spanish variety go all round the stem.

The goldilocks buttercup was hard to find amongst the celandine, the flower never looks complete as it only has two or three sparse petals.  Entering the wood, the dry floor was carpeted with tiny common dog violet and early dog violet with a few patches of wood anemone, a little past their best.  The spurge laurel which flowered in January now has plenty of seed pods which will turn black later on. Turning left onto the sunny bank at the edge of the field a variety of bees and peacock butterflies were feeding on the ground ivy, lesser celandine, barren strawberry and field speedwell.

Goldilocks buttercup

Goldilocks buttercup

Spurge laurel

Spurge laurel

Flowers at Wormstall Woods and Ledsham Vale

It was a cold, windy morning as we set off up the track to the woods but masses of celandine soon cheered us as we passed the first clump of sweet violets.  Goldilocks edged the path and as we reached the wood, bluebells and early dog violet mingled together. Up into the woods the wood anemone was at its finest, however the early purple orchids were a long way off flowering.  Around the corner the warm banking was carpeted with celandine, ground ivy and common dog violet interspersed by a few barren strawberries.  Abundant tiny cowslips were just emerging on Ledsham vale with hairy violets dotted amongst them.  The pasque flower was fully formed and should be in flower in a couple of week’s time.

Pasque flower

Pasque flower


lesser celandine and violets

lesser celandine and violets – Lesley Taylor

unknown gall

unknown gall – Lesley Taylor