The story is very different with the biennial Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata). My father says that Garlic Mustard is also known as Jack-by-the-hedge, which I hadn't heard before. The one lonely plant in flower has been joined by dozens of others throughout the woodland and ecological park. It is a similar tale with the Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum), which is now abundant and forming beautiful carpets of purple colour. They are being joined in one or two places by their white cousin, the White Dead-nettle (Lamium album) which is rarely seen before April. I was delighted to see great swathes of Cowslips (Primula veris) throughout the ecological park. The butterfly sanctuary has been planted with cowslips in neat squares of earth, presumably to spred them even further, but they look desperate for water. In amongst the Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) I spotted two types of tiny white flowers. They are both distinctive but none of my books has been able to help me identify them. I was particularly pleased to see what looks like Blue-Eyed Mary (Omphalodes verna, above) coming into flower in various places in both the ecological park and woodland. The bright deep blue of the flowers against their deep green leaves is a pleasure to see. There are lots of dandelions and daisies, the enemies of garden lawns but all lovely in the woodland and ecological park.
I'll add some more photographs from today over the next few days.