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.

MAY

The last of the spring months and the first month of any real warmth and sunshine; though variable and changeable, the month of growth for everything. The predominant colours all being stronger, but deeper blues, yellow, pinks and reds.

Historical Flower of the month is, on 3rd (HolyCross), the Crowfoot.

First Flowerings:

Pearlwort

Bindweed

Cats Foot

Hogweed

Wallflower

Burnett Rose

Everlasting Pea

Goosegrass

Cranesbill

Jasmine

Kerria

Hemlock

Skimmia

Wisteria

Barren Strawberry

Hawk Beard

Corn Camomile

Cornflower

Black Mustard

Hemp Nettle

Foxglove

Goldilocks

Campion

Japanese Knotweed

Valerian

Hemlock

Snowberry

Weglia

Aarons Rod

Broom

Mayweed

Love-in-the-mist

Scabeous

Common Nettle

Knapweed

Buttercup

Mugwort

Yellow Iris

Cottongrass

Guelder

Rhododendron

Yellow Rocket

Medic

Balm

Yarrow

Poppy

Dog Rose

Field Rose

Thistles

Trefoil

Mousetail

Yellow Pond Flower

Cottongrass

Balsam

Welsh Poppy