|Ancient twin coppice stool of Ash Fraxinus excelsior and Hornbeam Carpinus betula.|
|Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa|
The sunlit rides between the coppice blocks harboured Barren Strawberry Potentilla sterilis and spikes of Bugle Ajuga reptans not yet in flower. Common Viola riviniana and Early Dog-violet V. reichenbachiana grew at the darker edges of these rides, the latter preferring the darker areas under the canopy where Primroses Primula vulgaris flourished.
|Early Dog-violet Viola reichenbachiana|
|Primroses Primula vulgaris|
Thick on the woodland floor
Gay company shall be,
Primrose and Hyacinth
And frail Anemone,
Woodsorrel’s pencilled veil,
And Orchis purple and pale.
Robert Bridges—Idle Flowers
Returning after school for an hour today, we were delighted to find an Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula just coming into flower within sight of the car park. In the ancient coppice plots, we were able to locate the oval leaves of Common Twayblade Neottia ovata, patches of Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina and the coveted Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem Gagea lutea, for which Wayland Wood is the only site in Norfolk.
|Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina|
|Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem Gagea lutea|