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February Hedgerows

January and February are generally the coldest months of the year. The lengthening daylight hours and slight upturn in the temperature during February provoke the first of the spring plants to break into flower whilst leaves of numerous other plants start to appear from beneath the leaf litter. The most vivid colour in the Dorset hedgerows – a strident yellow – coming from the Common Gorse (or Furze) but by far and away the most attractive plants of February are the many clumps of delicate white Snowdrops.

Rain showers are frequent during January and February, creating conditions well suited to small fungi and lichens.

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In the top row of pictures:
  • Mist filled mornings are commonplace ... (picture)
  • frosts also – here tinging bracken with crystals of ice (picture)
  • Common Gorse (Ulex europaeus) (picture)
  • Ivy (Hedera helix) (picture)
  • Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) appear for a short few weeks, fading by the end of the month (picture)
In the bottom row of pictures:
  • Yellow Brain Fungus (Tremella mesenterica) (picture)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) also starts early, winding its way up across the undergrowth (picture)
  • Leaves of the Primrose (Primula vulgaris) push up through the leaf litter by the month end (picture)
  • Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca minor) (picture)
  • Sweet Violet (Viola odorata), its dark purple flowers hiding amongst rounded leaves (picture)

For comparison - the hedgerows in: February, March, April

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The pictures of February Hedgerows in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 017
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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