Early flowering plants

Despite the recent gloomy, wet and windy weather there are surprisingly some wildflowers to be found, including red campion and dandelion.  On the 4 January in between the showers I found two plants of bush vetch (Vicia sepium) in full bloom growing in the shelter of a hedgerow along Brandy Carr Road, Kirkhamgate.  A photo is attached.  Its name is misleading it is not a bush but a weak sprawling perennial depending on neighbouring plants for support.  The flowers are more normally seen from April onwards.

Bush vetch (Vicia sepium)

Bush vetch (Vicia sepium)

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