untidy

  • Recently, I asked a friend with much in terms of gardening skills what to make of my unruly wildflower meadow in yr 2 – the long grasses in between a few long-stemmed flowers just flop…

The first thing I learned, was: I am doing it wrong in a way – not that my friend said that, but I looked up the RHS and for them, wildflower meadows are cultivated, with planned planting. Mine, however, is – unruly by nature: My neighbour stopped mowing (at my request and to his relief), and I started waiting …

Last year I had nettles and dandelions abound. Both, incidentally, plants I had already been buying to use as remedies for aches and pains.

The same this spring. And then, a few as yet unidentified plants with different yellow flowers cropped up in the summer, but still in between the flopping grasses.

Whether the meadow-to-be looks pretty, depends on my view. Some days, I see the drained grass, flopping. some days I see the proud yellow-flowering plants standing tall with their strong stems (I still have to look up a guide from the library to find out their names).

And the flowering onion.

Now back to what my gardening friend said: Plants go for survival.

Well, the grass ain’t, I want to reply. It flops. And then it dawns on me: I have a mixed meadow, coming up in dire conditions. Not all rosy ( although the wild rose bush is going brilliantly, round the corner, towering over my caravan now). Some dead and dying ground, some may turn to mulch and – miraculously some beauties standing tall. Not the conventional beauty, stunning onion aside, but beauties nonetheless.

Now I can’t wait to see what next season, what next year may bring. ‘Can’t wait’ is, of course, a very un-gardening way of putting it – because I will have to. Wait is all I can do. See what seeds get blown in, will catch on. Unless, of course, you want to include the factor ‘talking to the plants’ in this environment. That would mean: Talk to the seeds yet to germinate. And that is very much the story of my life.

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~ by Barbara S on July 19, 2022.

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