This month’s combination of sun and rain has brought lush growth in the vegetable patch. I thought I’d better do something about the equally lush weeds and overgrown hedges. Underneath the escallonia, I found this tangle of flowers and greenery. None of these are weeds though. Here there is clover. If not exactly planned, it is at least welcome. There is also campanula. I can’t quite remember how it came here but it’s lovely anyway. And there is a lot of campion
The campion has self-seeded all round the garden, from plants that we brought from our old garden. It carries particular memories of summers by the sea and a small boy who loved flowers. That small boy, all grown up now, was also the motivation behind the purply flower in the tangle:
We bought this plant when the boys were very small. It was a wet day, things were getting a little fractious indoors but I had spotted an advert for a plant sale at the local church hall. These were the ‘Doing the garden‘ years, when we resembled the family in Sarah Garland’s lovely book. There was a bit of a battle going on. I was running out of vegetable space but the boys wanted more flowers. ‘Let’s see if they have any bargains and we’ll try and find a space for them?’, I’d said, hoping to pick up some extra courgette plants. When we got to the hall, it turned out to be a rather posh affair: not bargain plants at all but quite expensive individual varieties of flowers. No vegetables. We came home with this little purple plant. We found a home for it and it has flourished, coming up every year and lovingly moved with us to our new home. I think it’s a kind of geranium but perhaps another plant expert can keep me right here.
The yellow flower in the photo is Craws’ Taes, otherwise known as Birds’ Foot Trefoil. It reminds me of my own childhood and summers in the far north of Scotland. I loved it then for the contrast between its local name and its posh official name. I love it now for its bee-attracting properties.
That tangle of wild, and not so wild, flowers is full of wildlife and full of memories