Cuckoo spit

Cuckoo spit

Not in fact what the name suggests, but a froth which hides and protect the nymph of a froghopper: a small insect.

Broom

Broom

The plant which gave its name to the sweeping implement which used to be made from it.

Woundwort

Woundwort

Apart from its beauty as a flower, this plant has had a whole long list of uses in herbal mdeicine.

Poppies

Poppy

When the poppies start to flower, summer should be here. These were in early June.

Poppy

These were by the side of a main road.

Popplies

And here a clump in a field of growing corn.

Heron on the lookout

Heron

A heron stands on an alder, scanning one of the pools at Himley Hall for possible prey.

At the bottom right an electric blue damsel fly skims the water – click the picture to go to the Flikr version, where the damsel fly can just about be made out on the largest size.

Sorrel flowers

Sorrel

Sorrel is yet another wild plant with a culinary use: this time in soups, though once again this is something I haven’t tried.

Grass

Grass

This grass flower looks soft against the trunk of the tree behind.

Isolated, another stalk and flower looks even more vulnerable.

Grass