It’s at this time of year as the weather gets warmer after plenty of April showers that it’s time to play the much adored game of ‘Weed or Flower’. As you gamble with the chance that the thing you are unceremoniously unearthing is an unwanted weed versus a much sort after and paid for perennial that’s waking up after its winter kip. And then there’s those annuals you grew last year that have spread their seed throughout your borders and are now starting to germinate and grow- don’t even get me started on those!!
Here’s what you’ll need. A trowel, a container and some gloves, although there is something calming about getting your hands in the soil. It depends how precious you are about getting dirt stuck up in your nails I guess.
If you’re not sure whether it is actually a weed leave it to get a bit bigger- you’ll soon know once it starts flowering. Plus some ‘weeds’ provide brilliant food for the bees , yes even the dreaded dandelions. So they’re not all bad!
Finally if you’ve got self seeded plants such as these larkspur just thin them out a bit you can even replant the ones you dig up elsewhere in your borders. Free plants always make me happy!