I happened upon a carpet of star shaped flowers today. A woodland of wild garlic. Not quite as impressive as a forest floor of bluebells, but lovely all the same. Also known as Ramsons & Bear’s Garlic, the leaves of Wild Garlic can be made into a pesto or shredded finely into wild garlic scones.

Ramsons are an indicator of ancient woodland. Thousands of bulbs together create a dazzling white carpet like this one.

The second half of its Latin name ‘Allium Ursinum’ refers to the fact that brown bears who used to roam on British soil, fed on the bulbs. The only bear like creature I saw was a black Labrador!

Where Ramsons flower in April to June, so too do Cuckoo Pints. These unusual hooded plants often share the same habitat as Wild garlic, but they are definitely not edible.

A woodland in Spring is such a magical place. ☺️


24 thoughts on “Ramsons.”

  1. There’s a strong odour (I don’t think it’s unpleasant) from wild garlic too. That’s why it’s also known as “stinking nellie”!

  2. How beautiful. I love to see the wild garlic and also wood anemone at this time of year both like a sparkly white carpet. Love your ‘bear’ amongst the Ramsons:)

  3. Lovely Shazza & although we don’t seem to have carpets of wild garlic in woodland, we do have “onion weed”, which when slashed on the roadside verges has a very pungent smell. Lovely to see Hugo enjoying himself too. Take care.

  4. We’re lucky enough to have a mass of garlic right outside our gate 🙂
    It was also out in part of the woods a few weeks ago when we visited the in laws.Harry got so excited when we got to it,we guessed it was the smell – although it wasn’t a smell that seemed to impact on Hicks when we had him. Does the smell affect Hugo at all?

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