St David’s, Kingsthorpe Mini Fungal Foray

In the meadow next to the golf-course, what is this dear little canary-yellow mushroom, any ideas? LBJ? Looks like sticky desiccated coconut. Myxomycete perhaps? Advertisements

Rose Hips for Vitamins

With all this fantastic weather the Autumn fruit season is in full swing, as you can see here the scarlet filigree of this rose bush. Rose hips are rich in vitamin C, while even the seeds contain provitamin A and Essential Fatty Acids. Much used during the War, they are however, very fiddly if your […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #53 Creeping Thistle

It is a mistake to think too badly of this plant as it can bring great benefits to other wildlife, feeding butterflies – Marbled White seen in the photo above – and bees with its nectar as well as nourishing many more on its leaves and stems. With proper management, Creeping Thistle will not get […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #49 Common Mallow or Cheeses

Showing just how adaptable plants can be, here is Common Mallow pushing up defiantly by the side of the footpath between Fulford Drive and St David’s. Being trodden on has reduced it in size to only a few inches high – it can grow up to several feet tall in more favourable circumstances, and has […]

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 #35 Pink Campion

Nestling in the hedgebank among old bramble stems is a pretty pale pink flower with five deeply notched petals. It is clearly the same carnation family of plants as chickweed and mouse-ear, and looks like it might be a hybrid between white campion, which is quite scarce at Bradlaugh Fields (not helped by people picking […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #32 Common Vetch or Tare

Seen here in a large patch near the St David’s entrance, looking northwards towards the area of the Caddy Pond and beyond that the ancient footpath uphill to Northampton University Moulton Park Campus and the Gallagher Sports Field, is the pretty pink-flowered common vetch. It is another member of the pea and bean family, like […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #24 Broom

Back in February the gorse‘s yellow flowers were already brightening the Fields, now its relation the broom is out in flower by St David’s in Kingsthorpe. Being a member of the pea and bean family, like gorse, it can grow in poor, sandy soil because of the amazing things that go on around its roots […]