Each year the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland organises a New Year Plant Hunt between the 1st and the 4th of January. Just search for BSBI New Year Plant Hunt to find out more. Inevitably, the coastal areas do best because of the warmer climates but Gill and Katy from our group set off along their local patch near the north coast and found at least fourteen as follows: Dandelion, Dog Violet, Primrose, Alexanders, Ox-eye Daisy, Hawkweed(?), Barren Strawberry, Daisy, Red Valerian, Herb Robert, Sow Thistle, Hogweed, and Gorse. Sweet violets are in flower in her village but that’s fine because garden escapes count as do tree and shrub flowers like Hazel but they need to be in flower.
Can anyone add to this list? If so, please let us know. You can add your records straight onto the BSBI website or use their app.