Blaze of Yellow

Many of the fields towards Benter are Blazes of Yellow, as sheets of Meadow Buttercup  (Ranunculus acris) come into flower.  This can been seen in both the “improved” (fertilised) and unimproved (natural) pastures.

Meadow buttercups (Ranunculus acris) en mass
Meadow buttercups (Ranunculus acris) en mass

Late Cuckoo??

It seems that across the valley there are less Cuckoo Flowers (Cardamine pratensis) than previous years, and they seem a bit latter to.

Perhaps this is due to the exceptionally dry April and early May in 2017, not providing quite the right conditions for them?

Hedgerows in flower

The hedgerows are abounding with wildflowers this week.  There are several early wildflowers blooming now.