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Dog violets, Viola riviniana, appeared almost as soon as I laid the topsoil of my new garden. They’ve been here for three years now, slowly bulking up in corners where nothing else grows.They thrive in the shadiest parts of my garden, flowering just after the snowdrops and before...
weeds in her garden is rosebay willowherb. I love this plant, and can’t help but think that by hoicking out every last seedling, my mum is denying her garden a little piece of its history.A native wildflower, rosebay willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium
've visited. It has sculpted meadows, native wildflowers (including Verbena bonariensis) and a plethora of fruit and nut trees, dominating the landscape. Except for the beautifully kept English rose garden and vegetable patch, the garden is almost entirely
, the lower the nutrient value of the lawn, the more wildflowers will grow in it.I love the idea of a new generation of garden lawn, one that’s full of flowers and alive with the buzzing of bees and other pollinators. But most of us have already got such a
This week, the RSPB and other wildlife organisations published a report identifying the declines of our native wildlife. Called ‘State of Nature’, it’s a breakthrough in British conservation. For the first time, experts have worked together
There are so few plants that do well in my small, shady garden, but those that do thrive deserve a medal. This week, honesty is taking centre stage, with its tall spires of brilliant white flowers, towering above more subtle spring blooms.I love honesty. It's one of the many plan...