Last week, I was watching the Chelsea Flower Show coverage on the telly with my husband. They did a feature on plants that were good for wildlife. “Oooh!” I said, “We’ve got nearly all of these in our garden!” Aren’t we doing well, I thought. Then my husband pointed out that the reason there were so many wildflowers in our garden was because they like impoverished soil – or to paraphrase Dolly Parton:
“Wildflowers don’t care where they grow”
I quite like Dolly Parton actually. But don’t tell anyone 😉
Many of the plants we bought, back in the day when we used to spend money on such things, didn’t do very well in our garden. But – hey – if the flowers we have are good enough for the bees and the bugs and the ladybirds, then they are good enough for me! And growing native wildflowers has to be a good thing. Why fight with nature?
Fat Buddha/Hotei certainly seems to be enjoying the red valerian and forget-me-nots in our garden:
And why not?
Lori has some beautiful pink flowers on her blog today – check them out!