Posted: 01/06/2012 at 07:40
I suppose all our cultivated garden plants were wild flowers or weeds at some point, then their beauty/ usefulness caught our ancestors' imagination. I remember nurturing what I thought was an unusual hardy geranium, which turned out to be a field buttercup! I have teasels and foxgloves in my garden which plonk themselves around and I just take out or relocate as I fancy. I'm lucky enough to live in Devon, and the campion and umbellifers flowering in the hedges right now are sublime. Wouldn't mind a bit of that in my garden, but generally feels like the lanes are an extension of it, so nature's saved me the trouble. I do find valerian a bit tiresome, but mainly because it sows itself in my Walls and can be destructive. I don't want to segregate my garden from nature.