Region 16 Block of the Month (or week) 2021
These are quite the opposite of the formal and botanical gardens. The British Isles have an amazing variety of native wildflowers, seen at their best in the early summer. Individually, they are not the showiest of plants, but look closely and they are quite beautiful. Many hug the ground, creating a pretty coloured natural carpet, others put up long stalks with one or two flowers but appear in large numbers. It is now accepted that councils will not cut roadside verges during wildflower season and they are even replanting areas of open ground with wildflower seeds. Individual gardeners are encouraging wildflowers to grow in private gardens. Endangered native species are being saved by a host of initiatives, native wildlife thrives as wildflowers thrive, so do I really need to ‘weed’ my garden when that weed is actually a pretty native wildflower?