Wild things

3rd May 2022

As previously mentioned, wild strawberries are terribly invasive, throttling other plants with their roots and runners.

So I have been relocating as many as I could.

But it’s not so easy when they have pretty faces!

This very tiny flower, according to Plantnet is called “Herb of grace”. I suspect it was not invited to live in this garden, but it’s welcome to stay and fight it out with the strawberries.

This newcomer is a member of the brassica family, known as Yellow rocket”.

It appears to offer tasty pollen.

If I keep the insects happy maybe they’ll leave me alone?

Our daffodils finally bloomed.

Trouble is they are on a slope, beneath thick bushes.

Hard to see and impossible to dig up.

But anything I transplant tends to keel over, so it’s best the daffs stay where they are anyway.

It’s hard to believe that I never noticed such a pretty flower before.

Quite certain it had never bloomed before, I was surprised to find a photograph of it. So I can’t even say I didn’t notice!

It’s fair to say, though, that it had been much less enthusiastic in previous years.

It’s a type of phlox, so I am surprised the groundhog has not feasted on it.

Perhaps they only like the taller variety!

They cannot seem to get enough of them.

Maybe they like the scent which the ground variety lacks.

Driving around the other day, we noticed forsythia everywhere and Grant wondered how we could get some for our garden.


We have forsythia!

Admittedly you have to look hard for it. I spotted two tiny blooms the other day and a handful of buds. Hardly worthy of a photograph, but there they were!

Last year I removed some dead bushes and pulled out the ever-invasive vine. So perhaps I gave our forsythia breathing room?

After lunch I took a walk out to my tree:

In the meadow I found the above plant. Variously named, it is really ground ivy. It gives our hills a reddish tinge.

Even where the ground is little but slate, the strawberries are thriving. Up the hill a bit I found clumps of violets.

Coming back I saw these curious pods. Wild cucumber, according to PlantNet. Not like any cucumber I ever met or would want on my dinner plate!

There’s not a lot to see this time of year, or any other for that matter, in my humble garden but three things we will not ever be short of:

Wild pansies. Notice the heart-shaped cutout!

A healthy crop of dandelions, and:

Any plant that can grow in concrete deserves a chance!

8 thoughts on “Wild things

  1. Most brassicas will produce fantastic flowers, if allowed to, that are some of the most attractive to insects. I have some wild strawberries in pots. They seem to provide fruit nearly all year round!

  2. You can’t say there’s not much to see – I have just enjoyed a variety of colour and flowers in your garden!
    Oh, those beautiful pansies and even the daffodils between the bush … a lovely colourful post Carolyn!

Leave a Reply