Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 43

COUNTRYSIDE & FARMING - life brighten up the countryside were ever they appear. Commonly found around churches and early pagan sites of worship. The Snowdrop is particularly associated with Candlemas on the 2nd February, the feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary. Sweet Violet and Common Dog Violet, found along hedgerows and woodlands will flower in early February. Sweet Violet is the true violet of spring being the most scented. Commonly found in white, it can vary across a range of colours in one single area, with apricot being the rarest flower colour. The Primrose is one of our most familiar of all wild flowers, popular in wild gardens and common across the countryside. They prefer well drained soil and easily cross pollinate with garden species, giving a pink or red primrose in the wild as a result. We only have one native daffodil in Britain, the Wild Daffodil, a small and uncommon flower found predominately in woodlands and church yards. The whole plant is poisonous and the sap can cause skin allergies. Animals, even pigs avoid eating the daffodil which can allow the flower