Saturday, 14 April 2007
Bugle (Ajuga reptans) nearly 3 weeks early
The plant in the photo above came into flower on 3 May in 2005, 1 May in 2006 and yesterday, 13 April, this year. This is around three weeks earlier than usual (whatever you consider 'usual' to be).
While some of this may be due to the recent warm, sunny weather, the plant has clearly been enjoying the mild winter and spring.
Many insects do, of course, nectar on bugle flowers and, if these are over by the time the insects are on the wing, they could be seriously affected.