Although the weather was cloudy, Exmoor still showed us it’s many delights and why so many of us can’t help but return.

Artistically formed hedge-banks of ancient pollarded Beech, bedecked with swathes of primroses. The promise of bluebells to come, everywhere.

Rolling hills with interesting hedges, red soiled fields contrasting with sharp green pasture. Moss and lichen hung trees tell of the moist climate.

 

 

  

 

 

Cowslip

Once as abundant as the buttercup, this engaging wild flower was used to produce a rather popular wine.  A member of the primrose family, it has gone into retreat, mostly due to our intensive farming techniques. Fortunately, with a little help,  it is showing signs of recovery as it flowers happily in church yards, by the side of motorways and reserves.

 

Periwinkle

A popular garden plant, originally from the Mediterranean,  has widely naturalised on hedge banks and wood, often near houses. These star like purple flowers were found on a hedge near cottages.

 

 

 

 

Forsythia

This is actually a member of the Olive family – and one of the first flowing shrubs to bloom in Spring and for this reason much loved as a garden cultivar for it’s striking four petal yellow blooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally the endless and many tea shops serving rich and heavy clotted cream with scones and jam – yummy!

Good job there’s miles of footpaths to work them off!

Vivien