Gorse, Freeman's wood, Lancaster
I have divided flowers found in January into the following categories:
Usually flowering in January
Daffodil, Dutch Crocus, Green Hellebore, Hazel, Lesser Celandine,
Snowdrop, Stinking Hellebore, Winter Aconite and Winter Heliotrope.
Flowering all year round, especially in mild winters
Adria Bellflower, Aubretia, Common Chickweed, Common Field
Speedwell, Daisy, Dandelion, Gorse, Greater Periwinkle,
Groundsel, Hairy Bittercress, Lesser Periwinkle, Mexican Fleabane,
Red Dead-nettle, Shepherd's Purse, Trailing Bellflower, Virginia
Stock and White Dead-nettle.
Hanging on from the summer of the previous year
As this varies widely from year to year, depending on the number
of frosts and the amount of rain,
In recent years I have seen: Antirrhinum, Autumn Cyclamen,
Feverfew, Fuschia, Garden Mallow, Hedge Barberry, Perennial
Candytuft, Herb Robert (pink and white varieties), Hogweed,
Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Marguerite, Red Campion, Red Valerian,
Sweet Alison, Wild Strawberry and Yellow Corydalis in January.
I have not included these pages in the January section.
For the past 5 years the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
has carried out a survey into which plants are in flower on the first 4 days of
Last year there were 612 compared to 368 in 2015, which was itself a record.
This year (2017) there were 492. I can confirm a slower start to the year in West
Dorset. I did not see a Snowdrop before the 15th or a Lesser Celandines before the
24th, whereas last year they were both out in large numbers before the
beginning of January.
- Adria Bellflower
- Chinese Quince
- Common Chickweed
- Common Field-speedwell
- Common Whitlowgrass
- Greater Periwinkle
- Green Hellebore
- Hairy Bittercress
- Intermediate Periwinkle
- Lesser Celandine ssp. fertilis
- Lesser Periwinkle
- Mexican Fleabane
- Red Dead-nettle
- Stinking Hellebore
- Virginia Stock
- White Dead-nettle
- Winter Aconite
- Winter Heliotrope
- Yellow Crocus