Another of the "wild flowers" sown in a muslin mat in the Spring,which are bringing bees and butterflies and other insects to the vegetable garden. This is I suspect a rather cultivated cornflower as distinct from the more common and less domesticated variety found, at least in the old days, in cornfields.
On the pavement outside our house is a team Great Britain union flag. Though I am not madly patriotic it gives me a little pleasure and a little pride to stick it in the hedge. I hope that it will still be there to welcome the guests we are expecting in the next few days.
Weeds are plants growing where they are not wanted. Like most gardeners I regard them as enemies. But not all the time. When they do not intrude they become wild flowers with charm, pretty names, lovely flower or curious habits. In my garden I regularly try to eliminate oxalis, pink and yellow flowered; creeping buttercups; ground elder; groundsel; fools parsley; sow thistle; fat hen; speedwell; docks; dead nettles; plantains; sun spurge; bindweed; chickweed and many others including dandelions. Knowing the names is the first hurdle, getting to like them, the second.