We’re not quite done with April showers – it’s raining. Spring is a bit behind schedule this year, but it is May and there are spring flowers!

In the back garden the bees have been visiting the blueberries and the broad beans. Elsewhere, there are suddenly dandelions (Taraxacum spp.) everywhere for them.


Spring flowers: Dandelion

I have a couple of cowslips (Primula veris) in the garden that I rescued from the scruffy lawn before we remove it, and they’re flowering now. They’re not uncommon in the local area:


Cowslips (Primula veris)

The plants in the garden are quite tall; elsewhere, where the grass is regularly mowed, they can be really quite tiny. Here they are, sharing their space with selfheal (Prunella vulgaris):


Cowslips (Primula veris) and selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)

And the forget-me-nots are coming out:


Forget-me-nots

I’ve written about them being edible flowers on my ethnobotany blog.

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