Images of My Day
“A weed is a plant in the wrong place” is very much true. My garden has its fair share of wild plants, many of which make a great meal for my tortoises. Just because something is wild does not mean it is beautiful, as you can see in these pictures.
Lemon Balm pops up all over my garden. It is a welcome addition though, as the leaves release a minty citrus scent when they are disturbed. Lemon balm has been used for centuries in herbal medicine but I prefer to admire the scent, not the taste.
A Daisy in my Lawn
I am lazy and let my lawn run a ‘bit’ wild and do absolutely no weeding. This gives the odd wild flower a chance to put on a show, like this daisy.
Forget Me Nots
Forget Me Nots are one of the most attractive wild flowers in my garden. The striking shades of blue set off by a hint of yellow are really beautiful and they form substantial plants that can create a soothing display. Dandelions bring out the yellows in Forget Me Nots, making them excellent wild flower companions.
I’ve got dandelions at all stages of development at the moment. From tiny seedlings to some in full bloom, and others like this one ready to disperse their seed. Dandelion Clocks have their place in British folklore and history, but more importantly, they feed my tortoises for free!
Dandelions For Lunch
As if you needed evidence, Dandelions are an excellent tortoise food. The leaves are an all year round staple (with a little care) and the flowers are a tasty treat.