Because I am still having to be careful with heavy duty exercise post-op, I have not been mowing the front lawn on a regular basis. Actually I gave it what I thought was a gentle mow a few weeks ago and suffered for it, so have left it since. It’s a rough old bit of grass, not in the least bit lush and bakes most of the day in the sunshine (when the sun is out of course).
Guess what! The grass has hardly grown but what has appeared, along with lots of daisies, is
Bugle Ajuga. The lawn has turned itself into a carpet of purple and white. I’ve since been told by those who know that what is growing in the lawn is a herb called Prunella Vulgaris This wild-flower is most often found in semi-shaded, moist conditions but can also sometimes be seen in sunny damp meadows. I am surprised to have it growing on my front lawn and not entirely sure where it has come from. It is low growing, not the tall 6 inch spires that can be seen on wildflower websites. Prunella is also known as Selfheal and attracts bees and wasps.
However, the bees and butterflies love it, It looks so pretty, my very own wildflower meadow.
So I am sorry neighbours, I will NOT be mowing my law for a while now. Enjoy the colour and appreciate the wild life it will attract.
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