Marilyn’s Gran always said about the Spring (April and early May) that it was “Red White and Blue season”. When you look at the Cornish hedgerows, already awash with primroses, dandelions, celandines, Red campion and stitchwort you can see what she meant, especially when the bluebells, which are sprouting up ready to go, come into their own in a few weeks’ time.
Now is the perfect time to join the Great British Wildflower Hunt 2018.
How to join
It’s so easy to join in - just go to www.plantlife.org.uk and register with your email. Once done you can access the 68 species identified in this year’s hunt – 12 of which are fine to pick, due to their abundance. If you find something not on the list (or even one that is), take a quick photo and load it onto Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #wildflowerhunt (we’d love to know what you have found too, so please tag us as well).
Which wildflowers are OK to pick?
If you would like to pick a few for a wildflower posy for grandma, press some in a book as a keepsake, or make wildflower perfume with the petals, the following ones are fine to pick, but please just photograph or look at any others:
Oxeye daisy - Cowparsley - Meadowsweet - Meadow buttercup - Common dog-violet - Common knapweed - Greater stitchwort - Primrose - Red campion - Daisy - Yarrow - Dandelion
Please make sure you have the right flower before picking it – check the Wildflower identifying downloads on the Plantlife website. If in doubt, look and don’t touch!
Wildflower Adventure Special Offer
If you would like to help us identify all the beautiful flowers nestled in the hedgerows, out in the fields, or hiding in the woods of Tregolls Farm, get 15% off any 3-night stay in one of our cosy Cornish cottages between April and May 2018. Please press BOOK for prices and availability at the top of this page.