The purple flower spikes appear in moist places before the very large leaves . Down the Weymouth Road by the sewage works has a good display, with the added bonus of a Kingfisher darting downstream when I took the photo above. They are also available on the road to Rew where the old mill leat occasionally overflows and keeps the ground moist. The leaves will appear once the flowers have died down, and were used in past days to wrap butter, hence the name.
My sponsored Cuckoo, Selborne, is now on his way back to the New Forest. The latest bulletin reads:-
Selborne moves further west - 14 Feb 2019
Selborne didn’t hang around in Ghana. Having spent a week there he headed west again, 687km (426 miles) west into Guinea, overflying Ivory Coast on the way. Presumably he will stay here a little longer and prepare for his desert crossing. In 2016 he crossed the Sahara on 25 March and on 24 March in 2017.