Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Weed. The word is a strange one as to many it has a different meaning, one man's weed can often be another’s treasure. The word weed implies that the plant is growing somewhere that it’s not wanted, however recently there has been an increase in gardeners cultivating and admiring these plants.
Allowing plants to continue to self-sow is an art form in itself, not only because cultivating a notable garden can be difficult, but also as every person has those plants that they just can’t bare to see. Daisies for some may be a perfect addition, to another they may not fit with the landscape. For others it’s all about the position of the plants, a daisy in the middle of their prized lawn may need to be pulled, however if moved into a mixed border then they may fit in better.
Whether you prefer an immaculate garden, or one that will flourish if left to its own devices, you should always watch out for plants that can create havoc in your paradise. There are many invasive and non-native plants that are out of place in a garden, for instance, Japanese Knotweed although rather attractive, grows rapidly and can overrun areas. Including lifting paving slabs, overturning walls with ease as well as smothering all in front of it as it invades.
Although not every plant has its place in your garden, out in the fields and hedgerows these plants have an important job. Native plants are the foundation for natural ecosystems and have become the homes of much wildlife. Particularly in summer, the Suffolk fields buzz with life which would not be possible if it wasn’t for these so called “weeds”.