The plants in this week's diary are linked by the letter P. Pond plants, potatoes, passionflowers, pineapples, and pelargoniums.
The rock garden is really starting to fill out and there are more stars vying for attention than a Hollywood award ceremony. These six are top of the bill this week.
Using a "low mow" technique I have created a wildflower meadow full of wildflowers including a first precious orchid. A month by month guide shows how. I also describe the use of annual seed mixes and also the beauty of wildflower meadows in nature.
Wild orchids thrive in a chalk soil nature reservce called the Ragpits at Aston Clinton. I visited this week to see four types of orchid and huge Roman snails.