Annual Flower Information

This entry is an indicative, but by no means comprehensive list of wild flowers that appear during each month throughout the year. There are hundreds of such wild flowers, and each will depend on the topography and other local variations; however the indicative list here is collected from a radius of 2 miles from Edenbridge here in the SE of England. Each plant is found growing in the wild and can be readily seen by anyone who looks and sees. This may sound a contrary comment, however, many look, but hardly anyone sees; a fact of life. I hope to enlighten your interest and actually make you look and see and when you see then the interest is sparked and knowledge gained.

I suggest two vital books to enhance this experience, both have full colour pictures and good explanatory notes.

Collins Complete Guide to British Wild Flowers by Paul Sherry
ISBN: 978-0-00-723684-8.
Wild Flowers of Britain by Roger Phillips. ISBN: 0 70635580.

Historically over time, certain flowers can be accurately dated by day as blooming on that day. The actual flowering determines how advanced or retarded the season is, but, for the greater part, these plants do appear as indicated year in year out. As such these plants will be the first separate entry for each month.

It is significant that each historical flower is associated with a Christian Saint’s day or other such religious event; this stems from the origins in the mediaeval times that all my foundation methodology is based, and as such has proved to be both accurate and reliable.

APRIL

Historical flower of the month is, on 23rd (St George), the Harebell.

The seed bearing plants of the winter are now to all intents and purposes passed, and birds now forage off the ground, the insects in the air and insects off the numerous plants now appearing.

In addition to the flowering plants, it is the season of tree blossoms, all fruit trees, plus Elder, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Whitebeam, Sorbus, Spindle; plus too the season of seed bearing trees to commence their growth: Ash, Larch, Sycamore, Plane, Poplar, Hornbeam etc.

First Flowerings:

Azalea

Cow Parsley

Ox Eye Daisy

Stonecrop

Hoary Cress

Rape

Woodruff

Yellow Archangle

Cowslip

Docks

Sedges

Groundsel

Garlic Mustard

Bittercress

Red Deadnettle

Spindle

Clovers

Oxlip

Buttercups

Cuckoo Plant

Vetches

Ransoms

Bulrush

Ribgrass

Bramble

Savory

Comfrey

Chickweed

Elderflower

Stitchwort

Ragwort

St John's Wort

Water Crowfoot

Herb Robert Wood Avens