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Discussion in 'Herbs and Wildflowers' started by BeeHappy, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. BeeHappy

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    A thread for us GC members to celebrate the weeds in our gardens and the huge benefits they bring to our wildlife
     
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      I get a lot of wildlife here in my intentionally weed free garden.......yep, plenty of weeds but regular campaigns to get rid of them :) Bees, butterflies, birds, frogs, toads,ladybirds, etc., even at least one wonderful hedgehog are here :yay:
      Bramble? Nettles? Bindweed? Oxalis? Ground Elder? Dandelions? Speedwell......yep, pretty to see small scale but eventually " tattifies" a lawn! :nonofinger:
      I grow all sorts of plants that successfully attract bees and butterflies so a garden for me and wildlife I think :)
      I respect those who want to cultivate and encourage weeds in their gardens but definitely not for me :).
       
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      Interesting to note the increase in packets of "Wild Flower" seeds on sale these days :thumbsup:
       
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        :yay: All for the good methinks M :spinning: and the beauty of these beauties... is NO pesticides required :yes:
        Now what gardener wouldn't want a garden to enjoy ... that's safe for wildlife and themselves :imphrt:
         
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          Just think though Verdun, all these species plants ( eg Salvias, Sanguisorbas etc ) are all weeds or wildflowers in their Country of origin :)
           
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            Ha ha, you got me KFF :) Absolutely true and many salvias here can indeed be weedy.
            What is it? A weed is the wrong plant in the wrong place?

            The wild bindweed a big no yet I grow (convolvulous) Cneorum and maritima both well behaved. I select varieties of artemisia that are not invasive....Powys Castle for example....ditto for varieties of sanguisorbas.
            Won't have dandelions here but love Doronicum:noidea:

            I tend to oversee a 6 acre garden down here......an area of cultivated planting controlling weeds but other areas are allowed to be "wild" . A demarcation is clear

            For medium and small gardens a choice needs to be made I think......weeds and our treasured plants do not blend; the former will simply take over. I have yet to see a beautiful front garden of weeds:noidea:
             
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                To be honest, Borage is not, in my opinion, a Weed:dunno::doh: It's a Herb and a very pretty one at that. It grows freely, though not intrusively, in my borders and the Bees and other Insects love it.:thumbsup::snorky:
                 
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                  I hope we never see the day when food becomes a premium luxury in our lifetime in the UK ...it will be then, that those who have damned and crucified these plants with chemical warfare will find that these same plants will be the very ones who will nourish them ....not the fancy hybrids that are manmade genetic offspring of the true plant genus, that these gardeners indulge in and cossett in their gardens - it will be interesting to see how those pampered plants will fare in the future they surely will be of little nutritional value ....as many have been soooo modified and tampered with.... that they are just ornaments - you only have to see the pollinators bypass them to confirm that :frown: - i find it very sad to see pollinators visit often the most colourful blooms and fly off hungry - It's IMHO the version of plastic fruit in a bowl to us :sad:
                   
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                    The definition of a Weed is that it is a plant growing where it is not desired
                    But never forget desire is a human trait!!
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