With this August being the hottest the UK has seen for the last 17 years, it seems fitting that this fiery, energetic flower is its symbol. Gladioli have found worldwide fame and feature heavily in art, folklore and popular culture.
Growing fruit trees can be a labour of love, but they are absolutely worth the effort. They also serve as a reminder of the thousands of years of agriculture our ancestors went through to produce these high yielding, delicious rewards.
This beautiful, unassuming daisy is more than just an aesthetically pleasing little garden plant. Feverfew has been used to treat a list of ailments as long as my arm, with it's use in traditional medicine stretching back as far as ancient Greece. More than that, to me, Feverfew marks the beginning of my journey to becoming a Botanist.
When you plant a Californian Lilac, you're planting a shrub with a history tied to both native and colonial America. This fantastically beautiful plant is one of my favourite garden shrubs. An absolute all-rounder, it's aesthetically pleasing, versatile, and is bee and butterfly friendly.
Having a sensory herb garden is both grounding and comforting. This little garden has meant having my own little patch of cultivated space, even when I lived in rented accommodation.
Recently on the blog, we looked at English bluebells, so this week it seemed only fitting to move on to American bluebells. With an incredibly long history in a variety of cultures, Columbine is a treasured flower in the wild and in gardens. Its shape teaches an important lesson about evolution, and its symbolism has conflicting naughty and nice origins.
What started out as a morning scroll on Twitter, turned into a productive little experiment. Researching Camellia japonica, I realised I could not only make tea from my plant, but I could do it in less than a day and with minimal effort - ideal!