Friday, 21 February 2020

First Cowslip Photo 2020


This year the wild Primroses are much in advance of the Cowslips on the roadsides. They are closely related but this is the first time I can remember the Primroses beating the Cowslips to flower. There are now a few cowslips out, and on Wednesday we stopped at a layby on the way home from swimming to photograph a little patch by the roadside ditch.

Cowslip Primula veris. February.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

We've posted a cowslip photo every year since 2007. This year the photo is the earliest we've ever posted, but the flowers have appeared in late February around this date in at least two previous years (2015 and 2016).

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5 comments:

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Oh dear is that roadside litter... France is getting as bad as the UK... We always like to see the cowslips out. Ours in the garden are not in flower as yet.

chm said...

Global warming aka climate change is a hoax, so says the most powerful man on the whole planet, Donnie the Con!

Susan said...

I don't think it's litter -- I think it's rocks and dead leaves.

Susan said...

It's hard to say what the primroses are responding to. The cowslips are not exceptionally early, but the primroses are.

chm said...

I had the same impression. I feel better knowing it might be stones or leaves.

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