It is often said that a weed is simply a flower in the wrong place. I would consider that any flower which adds life and colour to a drab lawn has found it’s right place, and so I went out into the garden this morning to see what had found its home amongst the grass. It’s amazing how many little wildflowers can find a home if you mow a little less often and with the blades a little higher!
Many of our native species are considered ‘weeds’ in many gardens but I try to let everything live in our garden somewhere. That doesn’t mean I never weed and thin, but it’s always good to let wildflowers thrive where they can. A good example in our garden is the abundant willowherb – Epilobium montanum – which can be something of a nuisance. But then every year, we encounter the incredible elephant hawkmoth caterpillars which feed upon them – if we pulled up all the willowherb, they would be left without a foodplant so patches are always allowed to flourish. Such is the specificity of many of our invertebrates, that the same is likely to be true for many of the less charismatic species which equally rely upon a particular species of wildflower (or ‘weed’) which finds its home amongst the plants. Allowing a little wildness into the garden wherever you can will mean that a much wider range of species will find what they need in your little patch.
Not weeding so much is the ultimate easy way to get involved in 30 Days Wild – instead of getting down on your knees and cutting and digging, simply sit back with a cuppa and watch the insects which will appreciate your inactivity!