The plants in this week's diary are linked by the letter P. Pond plants, potatoes, passionflowers, pineapples, and pelargoniums.
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.