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.

MARCH

Historical flower for this month is the Daffodil on Lady day (25th).

The seed bearing plants remain the same as February; however we are now into the months of spring (March, April and May) and the weather conditions begin to ameliorate from the winter season, the ground slowly begins to warm and more plants begin to show. This month can be distinguished by three predominate colours, white, yellow and blue, all weak hues at first, but, as the days warm and sun strengthens into deeper hues.

First Flowerings:

Stitchworts

Violet

Narcissus

Honeysuckle

Plantains

Spurges

Bluebell

Ground Ivy

Daisy

Marigold

Groundsel

Viburnum

Hyacinths

Forget-me-not

Periwinkle

Thrale Cress

Primrose

Wood Anemone

Bistort/Redshank

Fritillary

Heather

Shepherds Purse

Evergreen Alkanet

Primula