Benign Neglect

IMG_3440The reluctant gardener’s focus has been on tending the cropping plants, watering things in pots, and keeping the lawns respectable, she hasn’t paid much attention to the rest of the beds.  But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to appreciate there.

I don’t know what these flowers are called, but they are a popular perennial in the gardens hereabouts; or maybe they’re popular everywhere, it’s just that I don’t notice them, or can’t see into so many gardens elsewhere.  They appear to require no particular care, and sprout out of the bases of walls and other tight places, nodding their orange and golden heads through summer to autumn, as gradually the buds on each spear open into flower.

In this garden they appear to be thriving in amongst lots of other flowering things which are generally a little bit neglected, but may be all the better and brighter for it.

Benign neglect might be the best implement in the reluctant gardener’s tool box.


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  1. Crocosmia…I have a tiny bit slowly establishing, from the Linn Botanic garden Cove…Crocosmia Lucifer,

    • Thanks for the name! It does seem to do well in the West of Scotland, so lovely to have the connection back to Cove.

  2. I’ve been meaning to plant some of these too, for the same reason – stuff that survives on its own is what my garden is all about.


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