On the afternoon of the 1st January, we walked around Tyntesfield National Trust property near Bristol and took the opportunity to complete a second New Year Plant Hunt of the day (the first was in Exeter – see blog post here).
There was plenty to see here too including spring bulbs such as daffodil (Narcissus spp.) naturalised in the grasslands and periwinkle (Vinca minor) which had escaped the bonds of it’s original planting and was flowering away.
The lawns and grasslands turned up some typical species such as dandelion (Taraxacum officinale agg.), creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens) and daisy (Bellis perennis) whilst woodland edges revealed primrose (Primula vulgaris) and bramble (Rubus fruticosus agg.) in the ground layer with hazel (Corylus avelanna) catkins flowering above them.
In total we counted up 22 species in flower on the first day of the year. A photo montage of the findings is below!
The full species list is provided below:
Daisy (Bellis perennis)
Hedge mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)
Annual meadow grass (Poa annua)
Winter heliotrope (Petasites fragrans)
Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
Petty spurge (Euphorbia peplus)
Ivy-leaved toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis)
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
Prickly sow-thistle (Sonchus asper)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale agg.)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Smooth sow-thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)
Hazel (Corylus avellana)
Creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens)
Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)
Daffodil (Narcissus spp.)
Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Red campion (Silene dioica)
Periwinkle (Vinca major)
Bramble (Rubus fruticosus agg.)
Hedge parsley (Torilis japonica)
White dead-nettle (Lamium album)