Confused Cowslips

An Enchanted Place

On day 192 of 354 Days Wild I spent some time with a group of very confused cowslips in the meadow. I first spotted one of these flowering a few weeks ago and was amazed then at the sight. Several more are now also in bloom.

Cowslips (Primula veris) are an early spring flower that usually bloom from April to May. A cousin of the Primrose, they can be found growing across the UK on road verges and in hedgerows, meadows, pastures, and woodlands. They thrive on dry, chalky soil. They’re far less common nowadays, though, than they once were. This is mainly due to the massive loss of grassland between 1930 and 1980 with the advance in modern farming techniques and use of chemical herbicides. The Cowslip is, however, making a comeback. Councils leaving road verges and village greens unsprayed, as well as people scattering wildflower seeds…

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