Saxifraga oppositifolia, the Purple Saxifrage is a plant well known to Scottish hill walkers for its very early display of bright pink flowers. The plants on the Target 8 bed, on the East side of the garden are flowering profusely with the recent sunny days.

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Saxifraga oppositifolia in full flower.

Another early emerging plant, this time in the Heath Garden, is Adoxa moschatellina, otherwise known as Moschatel. This is a diminutive perennial herbaceous plant which you find on wooded banks and stream sides. Currently the leaves are just breaking through the soil, but eventually a very unusual five sided flower head will develop. This gives rise to its other very descriptive common name that I really like, which is the Townhall Clock.

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First leaves of Adoxa moschatellina emerging through leaf litter.