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 […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #21 Jack-by-the-Hedge or Garlic Mustard

A very distinctive plant with a distinctive smell when you crush the heart-shaped leaves, which many people find quite tasty added to a salad. As one of its names also suggests, it’s frequently found growing in masses in the dappled shade along the hedgerow. Like the lady’s smock it has four petals in a cross […]

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 […]