Nature post of the day – Wood anemones

@Fleura (7198)
United Kingdom
May 1, 2016 2:41pm CST
Today’s nature post is about wood anemones. These have been one of my favourite spring flowers since I was a child, I always remember noticing their delicate pink-tinged white flowers bowing in the wind (hence their alternative name of ‘windflower’). They would often flower around the same time as another delicate white flower, wood sorrel, but that prefers shady conditions, so in places like road verges I would often see wood anemones on the sunny grass verge and wood sorrel peeping out from the base of the hedge. Most years wood anemones are one of the earliest spring flowers, but for some reason this year they seem to be later than usual, and the bluebells seem to be earlier, so the flowers have coincided. Bluebells grow in the shady woods and anemones prefer the sun, so we have carpets of each which are quite spectacular, with the two mingled together in areas where their ranges overlap. It really is a visual feast! All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2016.
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@amadeo (64030)
• United States
1 May 16
we love walking through the woods.I like the photo.Then we have to come home and shake it off to make sure no ticks.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
2 May 16
Ticks are becoming more of a problem here now too, I never thought about them before.
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@TheHorse (63885)
• Pleasant Hill, California
22 Dec
We have ticks here in California as well.
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@amadeo (64030)
• United States
22 Dec
@TheHorse what type do you have there.We have deer ticks.
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@JudyEv (121214)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 May 16
This looks a lovely wood to go walking in. The flowers are very pretty.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
2 May 16
It is lovely. We are very lucky in that the owner allows access to it.
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@jaboUK (53542)
• United Kingdom
1 May 16
I've heard of windflowers but didn't realise that they were wood anemones. Your post is like a breath of spring air.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
1 May 16
Oh thank you, glad you enjoyed it!
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@marlina (72715)
• Canada
1 May 16
Just checked a picture and do not recall ever seeing these in "real life".
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
1 May 16
I guess they only grow in Europe.
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@JohnRoberts (54362)
• Los Angeles, California
1 May 16
That's a lovely scene. Peaceful like.
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@TheHorse (63885)
• Pleasant Hill, California
22 Dec
Very nice! I love wildflowers.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
24 Dec
Thank you! It's ages since I wrote this - are you struggling to find posts to read? ; ) I haven't been around for a while as we've all been rather poorly here.
@MALUSE (39188)
• Germany
4 May 16
cowslips
The woods we have nearby look exactly the same! You haven't mentioned cowslips. They are also among the early spring flowers in our woods. The German name is sky-keys which sounds a bit nicer than cowslips imo. :-)
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
4 May 16
Oh I was going to talk about the cowslips too, but funnily enough here they are not growing in the woods but by far the biggest populations are on the roadside verges!