Another flower of which I see many more these days is the cowslip. It doesn't seem so very long ago that , as I drove down Ditchling Beacon, I spotted two cowslip plants at the side of the road. Nowadays, one sees them in masses. As I walked in Stanmer Park the other day I noticed a bank at the edge of the wood that is simply smothered with cowslips and violets where I can't recall having seen any cowslips before.
I consider that we are lucky round here in that the bluebells in Stanmer Woods are the English variety. But for how much longer, I wonder? The Spanish bluebell seems to be spreading farther and farther. Most of the plants in Withdean Park are of the Spanish variety and they will almost certainly hybridise and eliminate the few remaining English bluebells.
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