Wild Flowers by Julia Tetley

Hadleigh Gardening Association, 24th May 2012

Julia Tetley introduced her talk with a view of the wild flower bed from a few years ago at Hyde Hall; Ox-eye daisy, Poppy, Corncockle and Pheasant Eye (like a red buttercup)  were picked out.

Photo:Pheasant Eye

Pheasant Eye

Pablo Alberto Salguero

Some wild flowers that were believed to have helpful properties are being scientifically validated; e.g. Common Self-heal or prunella, now understood to have a high tannin concentration which can promote healing.

Pictures followed of the pin-eyed and thrum-eyed primrose flowers; the sweet violets in Castle Lane and pyramid orchids of Two Tree Island.
Hoary Willowherb was shown, growing where the pond used to be, just north of Hadleigh Castle.

Photo:Galium verum (Lady's Bedstraw)

Galium verum (Lady's Bedstraw)

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Back to Two Tree Island, with yellow Agrimony, Wild Fennel and  Lady's Bedstraw --   reportedly the sweet-smelling herb strewn on earth floors. Recently this has been used to create a novel etymology for 'threshold' by assuming that herbs and straw strewn on floors could be labelled 'thresh' which is then kept from spilling out the room with a board or "thresh-hold." There appears to be no basis for this derivation in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Photo:Purple Salsify, Tragopogon porrifolius.

Purple Salsify, Tragopogon porrifolius.

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Pictures followed of many other plants, including the two whose flowers differ only in colour.   Salsify has pink flowers  and Goatsbeard is yellow. 

Photo:Goat's-beard - Tragopogon pratensis

Goat's-beard - Tragopogon pratensis

The Conservation Volunteers


This abundance of interesting and useful wild flowers in the area highlights a valuable resource of local knowledge which researchers could use.

Photo:Julia and wild flower book

Julia and wild flower book



After the tea-break,  Julia rounded off her talk with a determined effort to convince us that even Common Plantain has a charm all its own if allowed to flower;

the gardeners may not have been entirely persuaded of that; 

but they were enthusiastic in their applause for such an interesting talk.

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This page was added by Nick Turner on 30/05/2012.