Day 118: garlic mustard

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Few plants grow with such a vibrant, verdant energy as garlic mustard, or Jack in the Hedge (Alliaria petiolata) in spring. It’s everywhere just now, popping up alongside pavements and in the hedgerows, growing away quite vigorously in spite of the dry conditions. Like the nettle in whose company it can often be found it has a square stem, but the vertically-held seed pods point towards its true placement in the brassica family, reminding us of rapeseed or bittercress. And edible I’ve yet to introduce to my own herb patch, but I wouldn’t rule it out in the creation of a wild, naturalistic effect – perhaps in the company of cow parsley and a deadnettle or two.

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