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Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,506
I was out with my pooch just now and noticed this popping up all over the playing fields.
Any ideas please - from ground to flower top is about 4"

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  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 617
    Cardamine pratensis, or 'Lady's smock', milkmaids, cuckoo flower. 'Mayflowers' round here.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,506
    edited 19 April
    Thanks very much @Woodgreen
    It was my dog-walking mate who asked so I'll let him know

    PS - I note it's also a favourite of the Orange-tip butterfly, so what with masses of this and the vast amounts of Garlic Mustard around here it's nice to know there's plenty they can eat around here :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 617
    edited 19 April
    Yes it is a beautiful flower and as you say, attracts the orange tip butterflies. It grows taller in meadow grass but I sometimes see it almost miniaturised in grass I mow frequently. Nice in borders too, but likes to find its own way there.
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,154
    edited 19 April
    Loads of it now in damp places.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,486
    Sometimes called the cuckoo flower as it comes into flower when the cuckoo comes calling.
    A lovely plant.
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