Am I really the “Plant lady” I say I am? 🌱🌱🌱🌱

My bedroom windowsill with some of my plants on. I have more around my desk.

❇This morning whilst cleansing my face and putting my hair up in the normal ponytail for work I was staring at my windowsill full of plants which normally fills me with joy, happiness and peace but instead I was beating myself up in my head saying that I don’t have the ability to keep plants properly just because 2 of them aren’t doing too well at the moment  through no fault of my own- my orchid has lost its flowers and I’m waiting for it to flower again and my begonia I’ve had to cut back (so it will invest its time in producing new leaves) due it not doing so well.

This is how my brain works, it comes on like a flash without any notice at all.

Its not always against me but sometimes it is.

I had to spend a considerable amount of time putting these negative thoughts down and i told myself that I am not bad at keeping plants as I have others that are growing so well, I am still learning and I won’t get it perfect first time, but eventually I’ll get better and my room still looks so beautiful. ♥️♥️



Two short poems written today. ✍

Today I was in work for 7am. Whilst sitting on the till waiting for customer (as it is quite during the early morning shifts).

Normally I scribble some ideas down, thoughts or even doodle but today after drinking a big bottle of lucozade (which I definitely needed as I’d been up since 5.30am) and I felt somewhat creative so I wrote these two poems. ♥️♥️

What do you think??

Love, Faye xxx

Seeing a cricket walking home from work sparked my curiosity to look into how crickets are doing in the UK.

✴ On the way home from work one afternoon (1.30pm) I was passing the wildflower patch opposite and I heard a familiar noise but one I don’t often hear outside….

It doesn’t look like this now, its full of thistles, cow parsley, ragwort and alsorts now. I love it.

To my surprise it was a cricket!!! 🦗🦗

I only recognised the noise because I’ve fed my pet bearded dragon crickets, and they sound similar to cicadas which is a familiar sound to me as I’ve been abroad a lot BUT ive genuinely never heard one here.

I was instantly filled with curiosity so I did some research.

The cricket I saw was a Dark Bush cricket (Pholidoptera griseoptera). It was dark brown & black, very short & small at only 2-3cm and their song is short chips with intervals. They are found in hedges, brambles, woodland and are common in Wales and most of England.

❇ I have included an cricket identification guide.

The first comprehensive assessment of Europe’s crickets and grasshoppers has found that more than a quarter of species are being driven to extinction. ⚠️⚠️

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the insect group is the most threatened of those assessed so far in Europe.

Europe harbours more than 1,000 species of grasshopper and cricket.

If we don’t act now the sound of crickets could become a thing of the past, said the IUCN.

They are an important food source for birds and reptiles, and their decline could affect entire ecosystems.
Their habitat is being lost due to wildfires, intensive agriculture and tourism development.

The experts are particularly concerned about species that occupy small ranges, such as the Crau plain grasshopper, which lives only on the Crau plain in the South of France.

Conservation experts  recommend the setting up of a monitoring programme across Europe to obtain information on population trends.

Best friends. 🐀🐀

Robyn (9 months) on the right and Anna (3 years) on the left.

It has been a month now since I adopted 3 more rats who are my world to keep my eldest Anna company since Elsa passed away (see picture below).

Robyn and Anna are getting on so so well, everytime I go to check on them they are stuck to each other like glue.

Check out my instagram page for more ratty updates. 🐀🐀

Love, Faye xxx

My grandad’s fruit trees and nostalgic childhood memories. 🌳🌳🍎🍏

Today I visited my grandparents to help them with a bit of gardening.

I LOVED seeing the fruit trees again, they bring me such happiness.

I used to love when my nana and grandad would say go and pick some fruit off the trees to eat. 😋😋

My favourite was the big red apples, I’d always be cheeky and pick the biggest one my grandad was saving for himself and keeping an eye on. 🤣🍎

Problems with WordPress loading blog posts.

I’ve been meaning to post more blog posts but between suffering with my health at the moment, working during covid-19 and WordPress not loading the blog posts I’ve been putting it off for a while.

Ill write a post then try and publish it and it fails first time and then asks me to delete it – which as you can imagine when you hsve been spending a considerable amount of time writing it it is very frustrating!

Has anyone else had issues like this?

I will try to start posting blog posts again. Crossing my fingers that it will work.

I’ve uninstalled it and reinstalled it again on my phone.

Keep an eye out.

Love, Faye. xxx

Endometriosis during covid-19.

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the long absence I have been rather busy.

I started a job in a supermarket, where my mum works 3 months ago- just at the start of lockdown weirdly and I have been rushed off my feet working and trying to manage my health.

This is an update on how I’ve been doing.

Just before lockdown I had a very frustrating and infuriating gynecology appointment (with my gynecologies team member instead of the actual gynecologist) rather where I was made out to be awkward for not wanting to try any other forms of contraception (bearing in mind I’m 27 and have tried just about the majority of them by now and they do not agree with me) and I was told to go on prostap injections which is chemically induced menopause for a period of 6 months which may or may not halt the growth of the endometriosis but could have life long side effects.

I was literally given a leaflet and asked to try them there and there with little to no explanation of what they were and was given it as a last resource after the gynecologist looking in a medical journal for what seemed like forever.

Overwhelmed and understandably upset and angry I said I would like to think about it and only though asking other women with endometriosis who I have on various social media platforms did I find out that the majority of them were recommended this and with the majority of them it has made their condition inevitably worse to the point where they are struggling to work.

No way did I want to put this in my body with no guarantee that it would help the situation.

Stuck and upset I called the doctor for some advice and told them of my experience at the gynecologist and surprisingly the new doctor I spoke to was the first doctor I’ve spoken to EVER that had some compassion and understanding for both my condition and how long I’ve had to fight and he wrote a letter to the gynecology explaining how unprofessional they were to me, to the point of not explaining the severity of my condition, making out I was being awkward by not wanting to take any more contraceptives and when asking about pain management sarcastically saying to take over the counter ibrufren which anyone with endometriosis knows does not work- I wouldn’t be there asking for help otherwise!

After receiving the letter I had a phone call from my gynecologists receptionist- this was the first week of lockdown.

Hoorah! A stroke of luck!

I was told due to the covid-19 crisis the gynecologist wasn’t seeing any patients in person and instead it would be over the phone consultations, BUT after reading my letter they offered to see me!

Relieved but worried I decided to write down all the questions I had about my condition, what I’m struggling with and asked other endometriosis sufferers some advice before going to get my point across because I’ve had years of being ignored or my immense pain being normalised and I took my list and my side kick and strength (my mum) to the hospital appointment with me.

On the way (as you can imagine) I was so nervous as I was pinning all my hopes on getting some answers and getting the help that I’ve been fighting for for over 8 years now.

Just before going into the office for the appointment i had major panic attack, as they said I couldn’t bring my mum with me who I always bring to big appointments like this because she is my rock and support and Endometriosis is a difficult disease as it is, but medical appointments make me especially anxious due to being let down, ignored & patronized for so long.

I cried A LOT, they eventually agreed and whilst waiting to go in, it took me a while to calm down with the help from my mum because I’d worked myself up so much.

With a lot of persistence and talking from both me and my mum the gynecologist answered the majority of my questions including telling me that I do have adenomysosis which is rare in women who have never been pregnant before and they the endometriosis is stage 4 or moderate and the main bulk of it is behind my uterus attached to my bowels and after some what felt like begging he agreed to send me to a specialist in university hospital where I can have an operation to scrape away a good majority of the endometriosis which should help my pain considerably for many years to come.

He did also refer me to a pain clinic which was meant to deal with my pain medication and overall pain management until my operation but on the 7th of July I phoned to check up on the referral and was told that the referral had been dismissed and rejected due to covid-19.

I was absolutely heart broken and angry because during this whole time I’ve pinned my hopes that the pain clinic would help me manage my pain on a daily basis because I’m struggling and the pain is getting worse and worse.

I also phoned the university hospital to check my operation referral and they told me that they have a back log (which is understandable) of 3 months and to call back after this- just to find out about my referral not a first initial appointment!

I was angry, broken and left feeling let down and waiting yet again and still am to be honest.

I did call them up again today though and they told me that in the next 3 weeks I should receive a letter with an appointment with my specialist to meet up with them regarding what type of operation I will need and the complications but I have no idea when this appointment will be.

I’m trying my best to keep going and stay positive but I am really struggling. I’m just tired of being in pain and being left on the back burner and even when it is time for my operation which is my only option left to help me, I am dreading it! I’m dreading the recovery and everything that’s to come.

I’ll keep you updated guys.

Faye xxx

Beneficial insects for the garden.🐌🦋🐛🐝🐜🦟🕷🐞🦗

Having a garden full of insects is actually a good thing!

A lot of these insects are beneficial to your much loved plants and these little guys are actually defending your garden from major pests.

Some garden pests just have to go such as, Japanese Beetles BUT, other insect species can help you wage the war against harmful blights.

The best way to maintain a healthy garden is to educate yourself and learn to identify common “bad bugs.”

Inspect your garden regularly to detect problems early. The sooner a pest is identified the easier it will be to manage using earth-friendly methods. 

Here are some beneficial insects you may find in your garden:

1. Aphid Midge

Aphid midge larvae eat aphids; one larva can eat as many as 65 aphids in a day.
Adult aphid midges are very small, black, flies—less than 1/8 inch long. They look like fungus gnats. Aphid midge larvae are tiny pale yellow to red or brown slug-like creatures. Attract aphid midges to the garden by planting pollen and nectar plants and provide a water source. Aphid midges are tiny and light, so the garden must be protected from winds. They are most effective in controlling aphids at 68−80 °F and high relative humidity.

2. Braconoid wasps

Braconid wasps are parasitic on some caterpillars, boreres, weevils and beetles, making them a beneficial garden visitor. Braconids are short and stocky — the abdomen is about the same length as the head and thorax combined. Unlike other wasps, braconids do not have skinny “waists.” They can be confused with small flies. Different braconids are parasitic on army worms, eastern tent caterpillars, corn borers, cotton bollworms, alfalfa weevils, wheat-stem sawflies and Douglas-fir bark beetles, just to name a few. In the garden and orchard, this beneficial parasitism occurs on aphids, coddling moths, tomato hornworms, garden webworms and on many different caterpillars, beetles and flies.

3. Damsel bugs

Damsel bugs prey on aphids, leafhoppers, plant bugs, thrips, and small caterpillars. Damsel bugs cause no damage to plants.
Adult damsel bugs lay their eggs on meadow grasses. To attract damsel bugs to the garden plant ornamental grasses. As well, damsel bugs are commonly found in unsprayed alfalfa fields. You can collect damsel bugs there and release them in the garden.

4. Ground beetles

Unless you garden at night, you aren’t likely to encounter this nocturnal beneficial insect on a regular basis, even though ground beetles are extremely common – there are over 2,000 species in North America alone. Each species looks different, of course, but most ground beetles are dark and shiny with ridged wing-covers. They hide in grasses or underneath objects during the day, so if you flip over a rock or a log and see a dark beetle scurrying around, there’s a very good chance it’s a ground beetle. Ground beetles are such good bugs in the garden because they scour the garden for prey all night long. Both adult and larval ground beetles consume mites, snails, slugs, caterpillars, earwigs, cutworms, vine borers, aphids, and lots of other insects. Each beetle can eat more than its own body weight in prey insects every night (bye-bye slugs!). 

5. Lacewings

Green lacewings are insect predators that measure ½ to ¾ of an inch long and bear very distinctive, delicate-looking wings that give them their names. These green insects have long antennae and gold or copper eyes. Green lacewings are generalist predators, meaning that they aren’t picky eaters and will prey on a wide range of pests. Common targets include: Mealybugs, Psyllids, Thrips, Mites, Whiteflies, Aphids, Caterpillars and Leafhoppers.

6. Lady beetles/ ladybirds

Ladybugs are also known as lady beetles or even ladybird beetles. In European countries they are referred to as “ladybirds.” Adult lady beetles are round beetles measuring no more than 3/8″ in length. They can be red, orange, or black in color with or without spots.
Larvae are said to look somewhat like an alligator in its shape with tiny spiked projections and orange striping on its blue or black body. Ladybug eggs are yellowish or whitish, oval-shaped and laying in clusters. The favorite foods of ladybugs include aphids, spider mites and mealybugs. They will also prey on eggs of some insects, particularly the European Corn Borer and the Colorado Potato Beetle.
Ladybugs in both the larval and adult stages feast on these insects. Interestingly, a ladybug will devour thousands of aphids in its lifetime!

7. Minute parrot bugs

These fast black and white critters are indiscriminate hunters. They will attack and eat a wide range of bugs and pests. To attract minute pirate bugs to your garden, try planting daisies, yarrow, and alfalfa and rejoice in the decimation of the pest population that is sure to follow.
Plus, you get to tell your friends and family that your garden is full of pirates!

8. Soldier beetles

Soldier beetles are commonly mistaken as other, less beneficial, insects in the garden. When on a bush or flower, they resemble fireflies, but without the ability to glow. In the air they’re often thought to be wasps and quickly shooed away. Smart gardeners who learn what are soldier beetles soon learn to attract these garden friends instead of trying to keep them away. You can identify soldier beetles by their yellowish to tan color, along with a large black spot on each wing. Otherwise known as leatherwings, the colors of soldier beetles vary depending on the part of the country in which they live. These beneficial insects are most useful in the late summer when aphids abound and other predatory insects begin to lay their eggs. Soldier beetle larva help to rid the garden of these pests. In the spring, they can rival bees when it comes to pollinating gardens and flower beds.

9. Spined shoulder bug

Spined soldier bugs are generalist predators. They chow down over 50 different kinds of insects, including the larvae of both beetles and moths. These predator stink bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts that they use to grab prey and eat them.They are one of the best predator bugs for reducing pest populations in crops, especially fruit crops, alfalfa and soybeans.

10. Tachinid flies

A tachinid fly is a small flying insect that resembles a house fly. Most kinds are less than ½-inch in length. They usually have a few hairs sticking up and pointing backward and are gray or black in color.Tachinid flies in gardens are very beneficial because they kill pests. In large part to their size, they don’t bother humans, but make things difficult for garden pests. Tachinidae can either lay eggs that a host will consume and later die, or adult flies will insert eggs directly into the host bodies. As the larva develops inside the host, it eventually kills the insect it is living inside. Each species has their own preferred method, but most choose caterpillars or beetles as hosts. In addition to killing unwelcome garden pests, tachinid flies also help pollinate gardens. They can survive at higher elevations where bees cannot. Areas without bees can benefit greatly from this fly’s pollinating skills.

11. Hoverflies

These small, fast-moving insects resemble small wasps, but they are distinctive in their ability to hover near plants or people, examining them with their huge brown eyes. Sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies, hoverflies sometime do land on people to lick salty sweat, but they do not sting. Adult hoverflies feed on flower nectar and help pollinate some crops, but it is the larvae that are important predators in the garden. The tiny, nearly invisible slug-like larvae scour the undersides of plant leaves for aphids, and eat them as their primary food source. They can be seen with a 10x magnifying glass. Hoverflies that come to your garden in search of flower nectar will also look for plants that are infested with aphids, and scatter their eggs on leaves where young aphids are hatching. Grow plenty of flowers with small florets such as sweet alyssum and members of the carrot family. Tolerate small aphid outbreaks in spring to help support a thriving summer population of hoverflies.

12. Bees

Bees are known as nature’s best pollinators. Without them, we wouldn’t have nearly as many flowers and plants. Bees depend on flowers and plants for nutrition. Nectar is collected for a few reasons. It’s a bee’s main energy source, as it’s full of sugar, which is also used to make honey in their hive. Pollen is full of fat and protein, which helps feed the hive.
When bees collect pollen, they carry it from one flower to another. This cross-pollination is essential for flowers in order to produce more seeds. As bees cross-pollinate, more flowers and plants will grow. A bee gets the nutrients they need, and your garden ends up with more flowers and plants.

13. Spiders

Spiders start their pest-control benefits at the same time insects start appearing. Adult spiders often overwinter in your garden. You might not see them while they sleep, but they are ready to wake up and get to eating as soon as it’s warm enough for insects to be out. This means you don’t have to wait on spider eggs to hatch and babies to grow into adults before you start reaping the benefits of free pest control in your garden. Garden spiders aren’t poisonous, but that doesn’t mean every spider that walks through your garden isn’t. It’s possible you could see a poisonous spider, such as a black widow, but those spiders don’t normally choose gardens as a habitat. True garden spiders have black and yellow markings on their bodies, although other nonpoisonous spiders might take up residence in your garden. They rarely bite, but if they do, the bite is almost like a bee sting — the area might be red and sore for a day or two, but there shouldn’t be any major problems unless you are allergic or have immune system issues. Also, keep in mind that spiders don’t pick what insects that fly into their webs. If bees and butterflies are busy pollinating your flowers or vegetables and fly into a web, the spider is going to eat the helpful insects as well as the annoying ones.

14. Syrphid fly

Meet the syrphid fly, a colorful pollinator that also beats chemicals for controlling aphids and other garden pests. Syrphid flies are colorful, charismatic and fun to watch and can be easily supported with a variety of flowering plants. The adults are good pollinators, regularly visiting flowers for nectar and pollen. Turn over a leaf on a plant afflicted with aphids and you will find syrphid fly larvae swinging their heads from side to side catching and devouring their aphid prey. What more could a gardener ask for in a beneficial insect?

15. Nematode

Nematodes are microscopic soil-dwelling worms, many less than 1/16-inch long.
There are beneficial nematodes and pest nematodes.
Beneficial nematodes help turn organic matter into plant nutrients. They also prey on soil-dwelling plant pests such as white grubs and root maggots.
Pest nematodes feed on plant roots, stunting and sometimes killing plants including many vegetables. Predatory nematodes either have teeth or long spear-like structures which they use to stab and suck the juices out of plants or their insect prey.

16. Earth worm

Earthworms eat decaying plant material and do not damage growing plants
Britain has about 16 species of earthworms likely to be found in gardens
Earthworms occur in most soils
Some earthworms can be used in wormeries to make compost.

17. Assassin bug

Assassin bugs are beneficial insects that should be encouraged in your garden. There are around 150 species of assassin bugs in North America, most of which perform a service to the gardener and farmer. The insects prey on insect eggs, leafhoppers, aphids, larvae, boll weevils and others. The assassin bug is found in crop fields but is also a common insect in the home landscape.

18. Centipede

Millipedes and centipedes are two of the most popular insects to be confused with one another. Many people freak out upon seeing either millipedes or centipedes in gardens, not realizing that both can actually be helpful. Millipedes generally move much slower than centipedes and break down dead plant material in the garden. Centipedes are predators and will eat insects that do not belong in your garden. Both like damp areas and can prove to be beneficial in the garden, as long as their numbers are controlled.

19. Millipede

Centipedes are more active than millipedes and feed on small insects and spiders, using a poison to paralyze their victims. However, their jaws are too weak to cause much damage to humans other than a little swelling, such as with a bee sting.Like the millipedes, centipedes like moist environments, so removing leaf litter or other items where moisture collects will help eliminate their numbers. Centipede treatment outdoors shouldn’t necessarily be a concern; however, if it is needed, removing debris that they may hide under will help keep them from hanging around. While millipedes can damage your plants, centipedes generally will not. In fact, centipedes in gardens can be rather beneficial since they tend to eat insects that could possibly damage your plants.

20. Predatory mites

The predatory mites feed on spider mites and other pest mites as well as thrips and some other small insects. In the absence of prey, predatory mites eat pollen and nectar and can revert to sucking plant juices. There are several varieties of predatory mites in the garden, each of which has a preferred food source.

21. Mealy bug destroyer

Mealybug Destroyers are effective predators of aphids and various soft scales. … The adult female lays her eggs in the cottony egg sack of the mealybug. As soon as they hatch, the destroyers start snacking. Adults and young larvae prefer eggs, while older larvae will consume mealybugs at all stages.

I hope you now realise how many beneficial insects there really are and how they can help your garden- so have a think before you pick up the pest

Love your weeds! 🌱🌱🌱🌱

Think twice before you are pulling up what you think are ‘weeds’ despite this label of weeds they are not only beneficial to our pollinators and wildlife but beautiful too.

Charlock: attractive to bees and white butterflies, it is also a host for turnip flies and other vegetable pests. Its mustardy young leaves ate edible when cooked, but only before flowers appear.

Field Pennycress: this annual has edible peppery leaves and fruiting heads prized by florists. Its seeds make a good alternative to mustard and can stay viable for over 30 years.

Herb Robert: a magnet for hoverflies, carpet mothers and bees, this prolific seed-scatterer is a nuisance among vegetable seedlings. Leaves rubbed on the skin are antiseptic and deter mosquitoes.

Lesser hairy willow herb: moths and bees are drawn to these quick spreading flowers. Edible, vitamin rich leaves are useful in gargle to ease throat infections.

Prickly sow thistle: these copious seed producers are highly attractive to wasps, hoverflies and other pollinators, and useful reservoir for aphids. Its immature leaves make tasty vegetables.

Red clover and white clover: its flowers attract honey and bumblebees, long tongues flies and moths, its roots fix nitrogen and improve soil quality and its dried flowers can be used to make wine.

Dandelions: is a common perennial weed that forms a large flat rosette, it spreads readily from seed, germinating throughout the year. It is beneficial to all pollinators and is one of the first sources of nectar in the beginning of spring that they rely on. Dandelions are also famously used to make coffee during the WW1/WW2.

Creeping buttercup: a low growing perennial weed which prefers wet heavy soils. It is a common weed in lawns in the UK and as the name suggests, it spreads using creeping stems that run along the surface of the ground, extending upwards into a new plant on a regular basis. These beautiful little flowers are beneficial to all pollinators and flying insects.

Birds foot trefoil: is a perennial lawn weed and is also a member of the clover family. It can be a major problem on UK lawns as it forms large patches, it has a deep root system and spreads by both stolons and rhizomes (above and underground runners).is a perennial lawn weed and is also a member of the clover family. It can be a major problem on UK lawns as it forms large patches, it has a deep root system and spreads by both stolons and rhizomes (above and underground runners). The flowers are bright yellow and pretty and resemble those of the Honeysuckle. They can be seen from late April until late September. Birds-Foot Trefoil can tolerate a wide variety of soil types but prefers non acidic, dry soils.

Yarrow: is a perennial weed, common weed on all types of lawns and turf in the UK. It has deep fibrous roots and can withstand droughty conditions. It spreads by creeping stems which root at intervals. It is generally seen later in the year and the deep root system also gives it the benefit of being able to survive dry conditions. The leaves are fern like in appearance macking it very easy to identify.

Scarlett pimpernel: is an annual weed meaning that it only lasts one year, fresh plants need to grow from seed. This means it is rarely a threat to a well maintained lawn. The leaves are very similar to Common Chickweed but can be identified by its square stems and red flower. The distinct flowers of Scarlet Pimpernel can be seen from June – September. Each flower has five petals and are an orange – red colour.

Self heal: is a common weed on all types of lawn throughout the UK. This perennial weed spreads by creeping runners known as rhizomes, which root at intervals. It can quite happily grow in closely mown areas of turf although if left alone, it will grow to a height of 30cm and produce an attractive plant. This plant can thrive in most conditions, the leaves appear in pars and in closely mown areas, they may have a purple ting. Selfheal flowers from June to October, producing a bright purple flower.

Mouse ear chickweed and common chickweed: chickweed is a perennial weed and is very common on lawns throughout in the UK. It can be very annoying as it can spread very rapidly, smothering grass in the process. It can easily survive close mowing but can be controlled with selective herbicides. The small dark green leaves are distinctive in that they are very hairy. The flowers are very small and upright and white in colour appearing from late spring up to autumn.

Creeping cinquefoil: is a perennial weed, more common on neglected lawns and turf in the UK. It is rarely a problem on well maintained lawns. It spreads by creeping stems which root at intervals. The leaves are distinctive with five different segments with toothed edges. The flowers are yellow, again with five large fleshy petals which are visible from June to October.

Slender speedwell and germander speedwell: is a perennial weed which can be a persistent problem on lawns throughout the UK. It spreads by both underground and over ground runners. Control can be achieved with current chemicals but this needs correct timing and adjuvants. Slender Speedwell is more of a problem in closely mown turf than Germander Speedwell.

Lesser celandine: Lesser Celandine is usually one of the most prominent weeds seen early in the spring. The flower is one of the first to show among lawn weeds but the plant soon disappears as the weather warms up. This is difficult to control in a permanent sense as it needs to be hit early each year to weaken it. More commonly found in darker shady areas. The leaves are fleshy and dark green, very easily recognised.

Ribwort plantain: Very similar to greater plantain in habit and location, albeit the leaves are long and thin. This plant is very drought tolerant and it can cause unsightly patches, easy however to remove using the correct selective herbicides.

Common ragwort: ragwort is rarely a problem on fine lawns but is more common on low maintenance and neglected lawns. It is a biennial weed meaning that it produces lots of leaf in year one with the aim to produce a significant number of flowers in year two. It is not difficult to control in lawns.

I hope I have changed your mind about some truly beautiful and valuable ‘weeds’ that we have here in Britain.

Next time you are gardening, don’t be too quick to pull up what you think of as weeds, give them a chance to grow and change your mind.

Speedwell and ragwort are my