CATAS­TRO­PHE COR­NER

This England - - Editors Letter -

I seeded a small area of my gar­den with a wild­flower mix. This looked won­der­ful in the first year, but sub­se­quent years have been dis­ap­point­ing. I sup­ple­mented the seed mix with wild­flower plugs ob­tained from the gar­den cen­tre and this helped a bit.

Then, on a visit to the lo­cal re­cy­cling cen­tre, I no­ticed that some­one had dumped large clumps of what I call “mo­tor­way daisies” (real name ox­eye daisies) in the gar­den re­cy­cling bin. I res­cued a small clump to plant in my wild­flower gar­den and they thrived.

But it was the equiv­a­lent of bring­ing in the Tro­jan horse — that one plant has mul­ti­plied, and the daisies are now ev­ery­where. In the walls, the lawn, cracks in the brick path, and even the veg­etable patch! Mo­tor­way daisies look lovely, and are on the RHS “per­fect for pol­li­na­tors” list, but you can have too much of a good thing. So now the daisies will have to be weeded out – and the clumps taken to the lo­cal re­cy­cling cen­tre!

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