Heather


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There's nothing like assorted pots of heather in a garden to add colour and vibrancy. Heather comes in a variety of colours. It's easy to keep and all the different colours add a natural warmth. I'm not so keen on engineered gardens with designer rows of flawlessly formed flower hybrids standing regally, not a petal or stem out of place. I do like a certain amount of structured order to a garden but with a much more natural look. I can't understand why daisies on the grass are seen as a horrid weed that needs to be destroyed with nasty weed-killing formulas before it grows and spreads, contaminating the whole of the lawn. I can remember spending hours as a child sitting in fields throughout summer making endless daisy chains.

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Bluebells – another favourite of mine. Such a pretty wildflower. My childhood home had jars crammed full of bluebells before the days when they were protected. Now, thankfully,  it's against the law to intentionally uproot a bluebell. And for those who feel this is a silly protection law because bluebells grow so abundantly, bear in mind that they grow in ancient woodland so their protection is also protecting the woodland habitat that surrounds them. They also play a vital part in the ecological system to which they belong.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by clare on March 29, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    BLUEBELLS REMIND ME OF THE ROAD WHERE I USED TO LIVE…….A LITTLE WOODLAND AREA WHICH NOW HAS A 2 MILLION POUND HOUSE SITTING ON IT………

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  2. Yes, that would be JW’s house, yes?

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  3. Posted by clare on March 31, 2006 at 8:41 am

    Yes! How did you know that?! Sheesh!
    I love heather too. My favourite has to be CALLUNA VULGARIS Best from July-> Dec. When we were in Dalwhinnie, we were surrounded by the stuff! A big pink blanket…. See the ‘Heather Society’

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