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Freakish Garden Control
Stella M. Turk MBE

Daisies in Stellas garden photograph by TrishBurton
Daisies in Stellas garden photograph by Trish Burton

It’s ‘No’ to Nettles and Brambles just anywhere

Though ‘Yes’ to Forget-me-nots everywhere.

Primroses, too, can grow where they please.

But Bluebells seed with consummate ease

That I struggle to keep them in one or two places,

When, like Ivy, they keep finding more spaces.

The Buttercup is ‘out’, but the Daisy is treasured

And, with the Wild Violet’ space never measured.

The Celandines increase year by year,

Make a colourful display, then disappear

But Dandelions root so deeply, just their heads are due to roll

While Indian Strawberry and Archangel are quite beyond control!

Just over the hedge both Nettle and Bramble grow

So insects that need them have not far to go…


Authors notes

  • Nettle - Urtuca dioica
  • Ramble – Rubus longifolia
  • Forget-me-not - Myosotis sylvatica
  • Primrose – Primula vulgaris
  • Bluebell – The Spanish/English hybrid
  • Ivy - Hedera hibernica
  • Buttercup - Ranunculus repens
  • Daisy – Bellis perennis – there is no lawn and they grow prettily betweenthe slate slabs of the path.
  • Common Dog Violet - Viola riviniana
  • Celanine - Ranunculus ficaria
  • Dandelion – Taraxicum officinale aggregate
  • Indian Strawberry – Fragaria indica
  • Archangel - Lamium maculatum


Stella M Turk MBE

26th April 2008


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