Ground ivy

Purple and yellow

Like many wild plants (often also seen as weeds) this one has lots of folk names, including Creeping Jenny. It’s a member of the mint family.

Ground ivy

Mallow leaf

Mallow leaf

Apparently these are edible, though the descriptions I have seen are not such as to enthuse me to rush out to give it a try.

Jack by the hedge

Jack by the hedge

Among its other names is Poor Man’s Mustard, which gives the pointer to the plant family it belongs to, and to a possible culinary use.

Duck and ducklings

Duckling

Yet another set of ducklings, which must have been freshly hatched when I spotted them on the Staffs & Worcs canal early in May.

Duck and ducklings

The mother was keeping a very careful eye on them.

Plantain

Plantain

To be precise, these are ribwort plantains. The ones above are shown before the flowers come out, the ones below when the flowers are out.

Plantain

Sycamore buds

Sycamore buds

The buds of a sycamore before they unfolded. A tiny ladybird can just be seen nestling where the buds join the branch.

Parrot

Parrot

A parrot flying up and down the river Severn at Bridgnorth: here perching on a horse chestnut and eating some of the young buds.

It must be an escape, but apparently it has been flying wild for some months now.