By early April the masses of wild daffodils were beginning to die and were replaced by cowslips in their thousands. Bluebells, blue, white and a few pink ones appeared along with celandines, green alkanet, shepherd’s purse, white stonecrop, cow parsley, garlic mustard, more buttercups and a mass of forget-me-nots. Our bluebells are Spanish hybrids, characterised by their upright stems and bell-shaped flowers with open tips.
Garlic mustard is also known as jack-by-the-hedge, hedge garlic, sauce-alone, jack-in-the-bush, penny hedge and poor man's mustard.
By the mid/end of April, the trees were coming into leaf including the copper beech, far right.
Cow parsley, also lady's lace, wild chervil and keck
Garlic mustard - see above for all the other names
Green alkanet or evergreen bugloss
Carpet of cowslips
Flower of the white stonecrop
End of April with thousands of cowslips (and a few tulips!)