I’ve just come across the work of this inspirational guy, Richard Reynolds who is a Guerilla Gardener. This sounds quite menacing, but in fact what he and a growing underground movment of people around the world do, is spend a couple of hours quickly planting up areas of unused, unloved bits of land, transforming them into colourful, happy spaces. They’re not necessarily big spaces, some can just be one plant, other spaces are a couple of feet across, but the effect is always beautiful.
We all pass pieces of land that are bare, barren and unused; wouldn’t it be great if people could find 30 mins to plant an unsuspecting bee-loving lavender or (the fast gowing delight of butterflies and railway lines) buddleia. Or if that seems like too much work, how about throwing a handful of seeds onto a patch of land and let nature do its best.
Here at GR HQ we have some lovely seeds for sale. There is this red and pink colour mix of native wildflower seeds such as Field Poppies and Corn Cockle, or have sunshine and give a smile with this yellow colour mix of native wildflower seeds. A glorious mix of Meadow Buttercup, Common St Johns Wort, Ladies Bedstraw and Corn Marigolds.
A word to the wise though, don’t take any plants directly from the wild, or plant any there, it’s not good for the ecosystem. Keep it to towns and cities where it will be appreciated by many!
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