Day 153: worn brickwork and weeds

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


With so much going on in the garden just now (turn around, another flower pops out), it may seem a tad perverse I’m using today’s post to talk about an old wall and a patch of troublesome Boraginaceae. But there’s something about this view that gets me in the gut every time – in a good way – and I don’t think it’s merely because I’ve always like the orange, green and blue colour combo. So while I hear folk complaining about how the long tap root makes it a pig of a job to get green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) out, I’m quietly applauding those tiny spots of the brightest blue, and greens so deep that, even in hot, dry spells, you know this plant is deeply connected to the soil from which it grows. And the bricks themselves? Good old Kent reds, formed locally from the deep clays of the Kentish weald. Some might see an old wall and weeds – I’ll show you the landscape. 

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