You might think that not very much would be flowering at New Year, and in many places you would be right - in 2019 the average number of species in flower during the NYPH was 19.9 per count. However, across the whole of the UK and Ireland, the total number of different species recorded in flower was a massive 627.
|My route for the NYPH 2020 in North Ormesby (5.21 Km (3.24 miles) in total)|
In total we found 22 species in flower including many of the common weeds that you might know from your gardens - Groundsel, Shepherd's Purse, Daisy, Dandelion, Chickweed, both White and Red Deadnettles and Herb Robert. Some things that you might not think of as flowers are on the list too - shrubs such as Hazel, grasses such as Wall Barley and Annual Meadow-grass and the tiny little Petty Spurge. Their flowers don't have petals as they are not pollinated by insects, but they are still flowers.
|Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris). A very common member of the daisy family, |
related to ragwort, but lacking the long yellow 'ray-florets' which make
ragwort flowers look like a child's drawing of the sun
|Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum). Another common weed.|
Despite the name it is unrelated to stinging nettle and is in the
same family as mint and many other culinary herbs
|Hazel catkins (Corylus avellana). These are the male flowers of the Hazel, which|
appear before the leaves. The female flowers are much more inconspicuous,
being tiny and bud-like