January wildflowers

It really felt like spring this morning with birds chirping in the garden and sun peeking through the curtains. We are back to double digits here in London but also to more rain and wind later during the week. All the usual spring flowers like daffodils, snowdrops, snowflakes and crocuses are all out. A couple of weeks ago the crocus buds were firmly shut but today they all opened in the full glory. I have also seen the bluebells leaves and wild arum lily leaves springing in the woodlands. croc3

arum
Arum lily leaves
blue
Bluebells leaves

The wildflowers are also enjoying the current warmth and today I have spotted the first violet of this year. I always look forward to seeing those little purple beauties. The violet scent is fleeting, it comes and goes thanks to ionone, a chemical substance which switches off the ability to smell the flower for moments at time. Here is a selection of wildflowers spotted during January.

violet
Violet
campionred
Red campion
alkanet
Green alkanet
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Dandelion
annual
Annual mercury
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Common speedwell
daisy
Daisy
gall
Gallant soldier
reddead
Red dead nettle
purse
Shepherd’s purse
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White dead nettle
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Dove’s foot cranesbill
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Common nightshade
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Smooth sow thistle

 

 

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19 thoughts on “January wildflowers

  1. So nice to see plants budding and blooming again. We had temps in the double digits briefly last week, but it’s cooled off again since. Not enough to stop things from growing though!

      1. I’m quite surprised that you’ve had so many flowers so early in the year that far north. It seems likely that a freeze will still come along and kill the ones that have gotten started.

  2. Such lovely flowers! Spring in January sounds like the ultimate luxury, although considering the generally warm temperatures we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy lately, I really can’t complain. I just wish there were the same colorful blossoms to enjoy!

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