Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Thursday 1 July 2010

The law of the jungle

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 7:07 pm

The law of the jungle is not what Rudyard Kipling said it was. The law of the jungle is that at a certain time of the year, everything in the garden grows so fast that I cannot keep up with it and it turns into a jungle. I had to move some of my plant pots off the patio because the plants were getting too big to fit them all on there. Meanwhile the marjoram and campanula are having a ball. And I really should have pruned that apple tree in the winter.

Plants doing exactly what they want at the bottom left of my garden

Plants doing exactly what they want at the bottom left of my garden

Exactly a year ago I took a picture of the side border (see this post). I carefully left the lychnis to grow, and this is what I got.

Side border with lychnis (and other jungle plants)

Side border with lychnis (and other jungle plants)

But there are compensations. The evening air is redolent with the scent of jasmine from my non-dead plant. (In fact, the air is redolent all day long, but it sounds even nicer when it’s the evening air). And I can feel pleased with myself over how nice I am being to the bees by letting all these flowers take over my garden.

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One response to “The law of the jungle”

  1. Andie says:

    maybe interesting and from the german version of wikipedia: they (germans scientists) extracted some grow-hormon from lychnis. the base for the discovery was the observation that plants close to lynchis are stronger in growth.

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