Day 114: forget-me-nots and tulips

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


Forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica) must rank high on the list of glorious self-seeders of which the over-zealous garden tidier might inadvertently deprive themselves. Granted, they look a little uninspiring as they sit about waiting for the spring, but come April they can stretch right across the garden, a haze of azure blue 30cm above the ground, the perfect backdrop for tulips of all kinds. In fact, if you aren’t fortunate enough to have forget-me-nots weaving through your tulips, you’re probably either having to hoe in a furiously crazed fashion (who has time for that?) or put up with a selection of more rampant uninvited guests; like speedwell, or cleavers. When the flowers fade in a few weeks, allow them to go to seed, and then hoik them out just as the plants go mouldy. Don’t do this last bit while wearing a fleece, or you’ll never get the tiny round seed pods off (they also stick to arm hair I might add).

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