Hard Grass was growing as a salt alien, along the edge of the slip road to the A11 in Wymondham. The picture shows the glumes, side by side, and hiding behind are the anthers which are important for identification.
We found a few patches of Betony in bud in Silfield nature reserve near the Lizard in Wymondam, then later in the open meadow we came across a mass of purple flowers.
The two colonies of Common Cow-wheat at either end of the strip of woodland between Eaton Park and Bluebell Road are both doing well. This plant is hemi-parasitic, meaning that it relies on obtaining some of its nutrients from the roots of nearby plants.
There were a couple of typically large plants growing in a roadside hedge on the outskirts of Attlebridge. An easy plant to spot and identify with its marbled-white veined leaves and large capitula with spiny phyllaries.
A small colony of this hybrid Horsetail was found near a ditch in Carlton St Peter. The hollow stem and pattern of side branches alerted me to the possibility that this may be a hybrid.
This very attractive white-flowered form of Hedgerow Crane's-bill made a lovely display, extending over 10 meters at the base of a hedge bordering an agricultural field, climbing through Barren Brome (Anisantha sterilis).
This is the first time I have seen Water Violet flowering in this ditch which was dug out about five years ago, although it is known to flower intermittently in ditches throughout Marston marsh.
Abundant Water Avens extending into five hectares on an area of Marston Marshes grazed by cattle last year. These were interspersed with frequent Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) and Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis).
Whilst cycling, I noticed these straggly plants with green buds striped with white, hiding in the grass on a roadside verge in Eaton. I returned a week later in the middle of the day to examine the inflorescence of star-like white flowers in more detail.
This Marsh Marigold was adorned with abundant buds. It was lovely to see the first flowers opening and adding a bit of colour to the ditches at Wheatfen.