Whilst I was walking in Fairy Glen trying to photograph the bluebells I spotted some Wild Garlic and Marsh Marigold. Both species were growing alongside Sprodley Brook and I had to get my knees muddy to obtain these images.
Wild Garlic. Allium ursinum
Wild garlic is also known as bear’s garlic. It is a related to the chive family and is found throughout Europe. Its Latin name, ursinum is due to it being a favourite food of the brown bear and the wild boar. Not too much of a problem in England although I hear that there is now quite a large wild boar population in the New Forest and a cull may be necessary.
In the British Isles the plant is considered to be an Ancient Woodland Indicator (AWI) species and colonies are often found in association with bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Similar to the bluebell it flowers before the deciduous trees leaf in the spring.
Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris
The Marsh Marigold, also known as Kingcup is a perennial herbaceous plant of the family Ranunculaceae. Its is found in marshes, ditches and wet woodland, preferring partial shade. I found it in clusters alongside Sprodley Brook.
The flowers are yellow, 2-5 cm in diameter, with 5 petal like sepals and yellow stamens. The glossy leaves are heart shaped and increase in size after flowering.
Another wonderful day out with my camera.
It’s not about how far you walk, but what you see along the way.