Early Spring Flowers – Vol 3

The last of the Early Spring Flowers Trilogy is upon us. Following Vol 1 and Vol 2, about snowdrops and crocuses, this is a round up of the best of the rest.sky

Although we have been having what we Brits call “unsettled” weather, ie: wind and rain, the flowers have been taking advantage of the blue skies, sunshine and warmer temperatures in between. These first blooms can be thought of as a breakfast bar for the bees and other pollinating insects as they awaken from their winter slumbers.

The flowering currant, discussed in this post here, is pretty but stinky.

The strikingly bold colours of the quince; details and recipes here.

A joy to perform Tai Chi under, the cherry plum, which I waxed lyrical about here.

Primroses; who hasn’t bought their mother a primrose in a pot for Mothering Sunday? I mentioned them before, here.

Holly leaved hellebore, also popular with bees.

Mahonia consist of a wide variety of evergreen shrubs which can flower throughout winter and early spring. These yellow flowers are very attractive to bees and bumblebees. Later in the year they produce purple berries, irresistible to blackbirds. It seems that the berries of some varieties of mahonia are also edible for humans. In the USA these varieties of mahonia are known as “Oregon Grape”, there is a recipe for making jam from them here.

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