Day 34: speedwell

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Whether or not your flowerbeds and borders currently boast a covering of snow, within the next week or so this little plant will be making a land grab. Speedwell (Veronica persica) is aptly named and, the moment spring is in the air, its seedlings emerge and bulk up with astonishing rapidity. Pull it out by the handful (a surprisingly satisfying occupation yielding instant results) before it has a chance to seed, but loosen the soil first as its thin and shallow, but oddly tenacious tap root will sprout more conquesting greenery if left behind. Pretty little blue flowers will open shortly. Let them wink at you from the compost heap.

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