On the farms we are now noticing a splash of colour in our woods and margins.

Lesser Celandines with their distinctive yellow flower are a common sight. Celandine comes from the Latin word Chelidonia meaning “Swallow”, as the flowers are often in bloom as the first swallows appear. It tends to prefer damper bare ground so woods are ideal.

Violets are also appearing. One of the most common is the Sweet Violet, whose flowers are either dark violet or white. There are over 500 species in the violet family, and we tend to find them in hedgerows or on the edges of woods.