March

Native Wild Daffodil

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Wild Daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus ssp pseudonarcissus   Photo: Jo Parmenter

Our native daffodil is smaller and less showy than the garden varieties, but still very pretty. The petals are paler than the trumpet, narrow and slightly twisted. The leaves are grey-green, thin, long and flattened.

Purple Willow buds bursting

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Purple Willow Salix purpurea  Photo: Bob Ellis

Whilst tramping through the reed on Guist Common, we came across a couple of willow shrubs.  The subopposite smallish (9-12mm), slightly curved, male flower buds with a slight reddish tinge suggested Purple Willow.  To confirm the identity we stripped the bark off a young twig t

Glory-of-the-snow

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Glory-of-the-snow Scilla forbesii   Photo: Janet Higgins

We spotted a small patch of Glory-of-the-snow growing amongst Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris on the top of a steep roadside bank alongside an agricultural field.  It was around 50 meters from the nearest house on Pit Street in Lower Southrepps.

Coltsfoot

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Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara Photo: Bob Ellis

We spotted a small patch of Coltsfoot in a strip of wet woodland on the northwestern edge of Southrepps parish. The flower shoots were emerging out of the woodland floor and the flowers just beginning to open.