UK IN PICTURES: Common spring flowers


These glorious pictures were sent to Plant Talk by Jim Dimmock and were taken at the National Trust property Coleton Fishacre, once the 2,000 acre holiday home in Devon of the D'Oyly Carte family.

bluebell glade

Beautiful bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) glade on a sunny wooded slope.

close up of bluebell flower

primrose (primula vulgaris) photograph

Wild primrose (Primula vulgaris) being visited by a bumblebee.

bumblebee feeding on primrose flower

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