Some pictures from Anne:
Alder - not really open enough to call "flowering"
and flower buds - a few open ones were seen
The lake was quite full!
Here is the list:
|Anthriscus sylvestris||Cow Parsley|
|Cerastium fontanum||Common Mouse-ear|
|Chrysosplenium oppositifolium||Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage|
|Cymbalaria muralis||Ivy-leaved Toadflax|
|Deschampsia cespitosa||Tufted Hair-grass|
|Ficaria verna||Lesser Celandine|
|Geum urbanum||Wood Avens|
|Lamium purpureum||Red Dead-nettle|
|Mercurialis perennis||Dog's Mercury|
|Potentilla sterilis||Barren Strawberry|
|Silene dioica||Red Campion|
- remember these were all seen flowering...
(There were catkins on the Alder trees as above but not really developed enough to consider within the strict rules of this event.)
When I went for a walk around last year's venue, Builth Wells a few days later I saw only a few daisies. But the Giant Butterbur was much closer to flowering than it was last year - due to the very warm conditions for the season no doubt.
Giant Butterbur, Yr alan mwyaf or Petasites japonicus at Builth Wells on 6th Jan
While I was away I photographed another of this genus near Croydon:
Winter Heliotrope, Petasites fragrans
(This will no doubt be flowering around here soon - eg at Hay Castle.)