Our favourite Pembrokeshire woodland flowers

Apr 20, 2014 | Environment |

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung a little early this year! A mild winter and sunny days means the arrival of some beautiful colours in the local woods behind Preseli Venture Eco-Lodge. We went on a nature walk and snapped some pictures of the flowers. Here is a roundup of some of our favourites!

Daffodils – The national flower of Wales! Daffodils are worn on St David’s day and represent our patron saint of Wales; Dewi Sant. These beautiful flowers bloom in spring and have popped up in patches all around the lodge! They range in colour from white to yellow to orange and we see all varieties in Pembrokeshire!

Primrose – Some of the first bloomers of the season, primrose flowers can range from pale yellow to white or pink. To prevent excessive damage to the species, picking of primroses or the removal of primrose plants from the wild is illegal in many countries.

Lesser Celandine – These distinctive yellow flowers are sometimes referred to as ‘Spring messengers’ because of their arrival as early as March. They carpet our local woodland creating a sea of yellow.

Bluebells – These gorgeous flowers may not be around for long, but when they bloom the forest is blanketed in rich violet hues. The walk to our local beach, Abermawr has thousands of bluebells that are just starting to bloom for the season and we walk down regularly to check their progress!

Wild Garlic – This edible plant runs rampant in Pembrokeshire and produces a small flower that carpets our forests in white. The leaves can be used as salad or herb, boiled or used in soup. The stems, bulbs and flowers are also edible, and you can smell the delicious aroma of garlic as you walk along our paths.

Daisies – Considered by many an invasive weed, these pretty little flowers bloom early to midsummer, although they have a very long flowering season and will even produce flowers in a mild winter. We love seeing their sunny splash of colour in the cow fields around the lodge.

Dandelions – Another pretty flower which has the bad reputation of a weed, dandelions pop up in fields all around Pembrokeshire. Their flowers are bright yellow, composed of hundreds of leaves and the entire plant is completely edible.

Gorse – A thorny shrub that produces hundreds of beautiful tiny yellow flowers, Gorse is almost always in bloom. As the saying goes, “When gorse is out of blossom, kissing’s out of fashion.” Gorse has a lovely coconut scent and reminds the Preseli Venture staff of warm, tropical summers.

Tulips – These gorgeous flowers are not native to Wales, but our neighbours planted some that you can see on the trails around the lodge and we couldn’t resist snapping a picture!

We’re very blessed, as all these beautiful flowers can be spotted bobbing their heads on walks from the Preseli Venture ecolodge 🙂

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