‘Jack? Jack? Here. Yes, that’s me. Jack-by-the-Hedge is what most people call me. I do have a few other names, Garlic Mustard is about the most useful.
‘Well, I actually am a Mustard, but I smell and taste like garlic. So, you know…
‘Yes, indeed. Hedge Garlic, too. I’ll even answer to Hedge Mustard now and again.
‘No, not really. I’m used to it, I suppose, and they’re similar enough. So, no, I don’t get confused by it at all.
‘Thank you, yes, people do say I’m a useful person to know. I can liven up your salad for you for instance. I’ll admit some people say they don’t like the bitter after-taste, but there’s always someone going to complain, isn’t there?
‘Quite, they’re probably the ones who heard I was useful as a disinfectant. You know how it is – when these things get spread around.
‘Yes, lovely day. The weather hasn’t been bad lately, has it? But then we usually get a few nice days at the beginning of spring, don’t we?
‘Well, as you can see, I was lucky this year – got my flowers out before May Blossom swamped everything – the early bird and all that.
‘You’re local, I take it I’ve seen you passing this way a few times.
‘Right, right. I’ve got family all over the place too. We’re doing very well in America, apparently.
‘Of course, nice of you to stop and chat. I’ll see you next time you’re around this way, no doubt.
‘Goodbye for now then.