Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #48 Lady’s Bedstraw

With its whorls of dark-green almost needle-like leaves and frothy heads of very small, four-petalled yellow flowers, Lady’s Bedstaw is a delicate plant which you might never even notice, growing amongst the grass as it often is, until it’s in full bloom (closer up here). You’ll see a similarity with its relative the Goosegrass aka […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #46 Rosebay Willowherb or Fireweed

This stunning plant is visible from afar with its masses of bright pink flower-spikes on tall stems often 5ft high or more. Called fireweed for its ability to colonise burnt over, bare ground as a pioneer species, it was a rare plant up until the coming of the railways which disturbed the ground as well […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #39 Corn Poppy

The classic poppy, with glorious red flowers followed by rounded, smooth seed-heads distinguishing it clearly from the lighter red petals and longer, thinner capsules of the long-headed poppy, which also occurs at Bradlaugh Fields. The seeds of the corn poppy are famous for lasting many decades as a seed-bank in the soil which can germinate […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #38 Hedge Mustard

This unmistakably gawky looking plant is called hedge mustard, seen here near the Bradlaugh Fields barn. Like all its relatives in the cabbage family, including garlic mustard and lady’s smock, it has four petals, cross-shape (as illustrated in this botanical drawing). In the case of hedge mustard the petals are yellow. In many places the […]

Wild flowers of Bradlaugh Fields #18 Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower

Also found in a patch scattered over quite an area of the old school playing field near the Moulton Park Estate, are the pinky white or mauve flowers that are called variously milkmaids, lady’s smock, cuckoo-flower, which is related to wallflowers and less obviously perhaps, to cabbages and broccoli, though if you have ever seen […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #17 Slender Speedwell

Seen here growing in a mound on the old school playing field with a copse in the background near the entrance to the present Moulton Park Estate is another speedwell with blue and white flowers, very pretty, although it is not native you’ll find it completely naturalised in many places including lawns.

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #14 Germander Speedwell

Small but perfectly-formed as they say, there are quite a few speedwells to be found native in Britain, such as thyme-leaved, wall, spiked, wood, marsh, water, but the germander speedwell is one of the prettiest I think, with relatively large, sky blue flowers. Distantly related to ground ivy and the dead-nettles (notice the similar leaves, […]