Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #62 Yellow Toadflax

Bright and beautiful, a blaze of colour in the summer, Yellow Toadflax is another wild plant that’s good enough to have in any garden, especially liking dry locations like this bank in the Hills and Hollows. They look very like the popular garden flower called Snapdragon. The shape of the flowers, also resembles the Deadnettles […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #57 Rayless Mayweed or Pineapple-weed

This hardy little plant is another wayside wanderer. Pineappleweed was first cultivated in Britain in 1784, according to the entry in the Online Atlas of British and Irish Flora, but within a hundred years it naturalised in the wild and has become completely at home. The flower-heads, and to a lesser extent the soft and […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #54 Dyer’s Rocket, Greenweed or Weld

Rocket is an appropriate name for this plant, which shoots up from a low rosette of shiny green leaves in early Spring to a greenish-yellow flower-spike as much as 6 feet tall by its June or July flowering time; as seen pioneering here on the newly excavated Blisworth limestone next to Holton’s Lane ancient hedgerow […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #52 Wild Liquorice or Milkvetch

A vigorous sprawling plant with pale yellow or cream flowers and contrasting red stems, the Wild Liquorice is quite rarely found now as its rough grassland habitat is increasingly lost to agricultural intensification and concrete. At Bradlaugh Fields, however, it flourishes still for all to enjoy.

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #51 Lime Tree or Linden

This large forest tree fills the Midsummer air with delicious fragrance as tens of thousands of creamy yellow flowers attract insects from across a wide area to feast on its abundant nectar. The blossom is traditionally gathered by many people around Europe to prepare the famous Linden or Tilleul tea. If you look closely you […]

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 #40 Little Yellow Rattle

Lesser Yellow Rattle or Cockscomb does double duty as a very attractive plant to have in the meadow, but still more importantly it helps keep down the aggressive grasses like false oat grass, creating a better environment for a range of beautiful flowers like orchids to grow and increase. The photos above are taken in […]

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 #33 Black Medick or Nonesuch

Looking like a small yellow-flowered clover, black medick is a low-growing plant of dry areas and grassland with shoots which can reach 80cm but are usually around 25 to 40cm long. The leaves in typical clover or shamrock style, are in threes, and with a tiny point at the tip. There are a few dozen […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #31 Goat’s Beard or Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon

Also known as meadow salsify, an attractive yellow daisy-like plant with a milky sap and long thin grass-like leaves, it resembles its purple-flowered relative grown by some people in their gardens and allotments for its long edible roots, ornamental flowers and use in herbalism. The flowers are only open in the mornings – by the […]