The first plant I ever grew I had my own little patch from the age of six and I think the first thing I grew was an annual wildflower seed mix with blue and pink cornflowers, which I loved.
The plant that shaped the gardener I am today My mum had a huge bed of lupins in a sunny, sheltered spot near the chicken run, where it was stony and so the clay soil drained well. They were always healthy and slug free and this taught me about having the right plant in the right place, and also how nice it is to have plenty of flowers for picking.
My favourite plant in the world I’ve a seed-raised Paeonia rockii which I was given. It’s had to move house with me three times and I’m still waiting to see if it will forgive me the last move…
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January 19, 2019