Out in the woods this afternoon looking for St George’s Mushrooms. Not expecting much as it is the lunar perigee today. They have been a bit patchy this year. Some rings have been dormant others prolific. This bunch weighed in at around 500g
But lots of wild flowers in the woods to see while looking for mushrooms and they all seem to be purple-ish.
Dog violets have been out for a few weeks but seem at their best now
Early purple orchids are in full flower now
This group were taking advantage of a clearing in the woods
Bugle, a relative of mint is one of my favourite woodland plants
Here’s the top down view showing it has a square stem
Many paths are carpeted with Ground Ivy. You often notice the aromatic smell before you realise your walking on it.
It’s also known as Alehoof as it was used to flavour beer before hops were introduced
Another purple plant is the Red Dead-nettle, Lamium purpureum. Called a dead-nettle because it has no sting. It’s in the mint family.