Wildly ap­peal­ing

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World Her­itage Day (18 April) and In­ter­na­tional Earth Day (22 April) re­mind us of the need to pre­serve the world’s wild­flow­ers, which are rich in his­tory, tra­di­tion and the ro­mance of yes­ter­year. Re­gret­fully, though, they are in con­stant dan­ger of dis­ap­pear­ing due to ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and de­struc­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment.

In our coun­try, pro­vided they do not pose a threat to our en­vi­ron­ment and our indige­nous flora, we can help pre­serve wild­flow­ers. Any piece of ground presents an op­por­tu­nity for in­no­va­tive and imag­i­na­tive ways of in­tro­duc­ing a more nat­u­ral­is­tic land­scape, for ex­am­ple: • A patch of sunny ground can be­come a mini meadow.

• A verge is ideal for hardy wa­ter­wise flow­ers.

• A hollow where wa­ter col­lects can be planted up with plants that love mois­ture.

• A small grove of trees in a town­house gar­den can be un­der­planted with shade­lov­ing bulbs.

Whether grow­ing wild­flow­ers from seed pack­ets or from nurs­ery-prop­a­gated plants, we are not only in­tro­duc­ing a touch of the coun­try into our gar­dens, we are also play­ing our part in pre­serv­ing the wild­flow­ers of the world.

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