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.Every year at Gardeners’ World Live I see the ladybird poppy (Papaver commutatum), and wish I had it. I never see it at any flower shows or public gardens, or even growing in people’s own gardens – but there it is, without fail flowering its socks off
and children hate the smell of strongly scented hyacinths and paper-white narcissi, which he's not allowed to grow in the house.I don't like the scent of poppy stems and I hate poppy sap. I'm sure it evokes a childhood memory - probably of picking them
. Foxglove14. Heather15. Honeysuckle16. Lavender17. Poppy18. Pussy willow19. Raspberry20. Red Campion21. Rosemary22. Scabious23. Sea Holly24. Sunflower25. Teasel26. Thistles27. Viper's bugloss28. WisteriaI'm growing 21 of the above plants in my garden
's cornflower, field poppy and bird's foot trefoil will have self-seeded in my lawn, but if not, I'll be sowing seed in the lawn's margins. The lone foxglove produced plenty of offspring, but I'll have to wait until 2012 to see those flower.I'm still not pleased
long. Then I'll sow grass seed in the dead patches. I'm also cultivating a small wildflower meadow among the long grass, so I'll transplant some self-sown field poppies here and remove some ragwort I accidentally transplanted the other week.If it rains
get up earlier than usual just to watch them forage on red clover, alliums, poppies and viper's bugloss before setting off for work.The only slight problem was that I found a wax moth in the nest when I moved it, but that's a blog for another day.