Mushroom

Field mushroom

This is probably a field mushroom, though it is hard to be sure because only the top of the cap was visible.

It was growing through the gap in the pavement left for one of the trees which line Tettenhall Road.

Heron fishing

Heron fishing

The heron’s legs are almost submerged in the canal here as it surveys the water for fish. This position emphasises the length of its body.

Campion

Campion

The pale pink colour of the flowers indicates that this was a hybrid of the Red and White species.

Vetch

Vetch

Vetches (there are many species) are closely related to peas and lentils, and some species have in the past formed part of a diet of last resort.

Sedge

Sedge

Here coming into flower, sedges are common at the sides of the canals locally.

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

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davea2007/4562686571

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.