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things they do well in england

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Posted by EDITOR 5 Jul 2010 - 5:28:00 PM

For a relatively small country, it's harder to get and maintain an internet connection in England than I'd imagined.

Still after several gardens, a fair bit of countryside now and enough English summer sunshine to produce a dry Wimbledon and the faintest of tan lines I've drawn some conclusions. First: the English have a way with cracks and crevices

They can't take a lot of credit for the haphazard and opportunistic self-seeding of plants in what seems to be the most unwelcoming locations. But hats off to the locals for leaving them alone rather than pulling them out as weeds.

It's part of a casual, romantic aesthetic I've always been susceptible to. Looking at Australian gardens there's been little to reflect the laid-back larrakins we're supposed to be. Too much clipping, tidying, controlling, beating back and everything in its place. I'm pleased there are signs that the clean, contemporary style seems to be giving way to a more relaxed garden look.

It's also just a marvel to see these plants happy to grow and flourish in a crack. I suppose it's not such a dilemma whether or not to leave them when you have so many very pretty weeds.

Just to make it clear while I am advocating trying this at home, I'm not suggesting doing it with these plants. If leaving something grow like a weed, best that it's native.

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