August 9th - Teasels are a relatively new addition to the flora of Brownhills, I never used to see them as a kid. I think when Clayhanger Common was seeded after landscaping, teasels - in this case common or Fuller’s - spread from there to the immediate commons. Here at the old cement works bridge, over the Wyrley & Essington canal at The Slough, they’re growing on the trail edges of the former railway line in abundance. They derive their name from their use - as a comb in fabric processing, used to tease or raise the nap or fluffiness of materials like felt and wool.
They’re a lovely, fascinating wildflower. It’s good to see them spread.