For me, daisies bring back memories of childhood. Daisies growing on the lawn or in the park....spending hours with my friends chattering and making daisy chains on the village green. Endless games of hide and seek, kerby, and making dams in the river. My kids can't seem to comprehend how we "survived" back then, without phones and tablets and box sets on tap...but like many, I think life was simpler somehow.
Nowadays, I have a garden of my own and my own children. A new sense of responsibility, a lawn and plants that I'm not quite sure what to do with. I'm good at growing daisies, and clover, and dandelions....but when my neighbours started to offer to mow my lawn (really) then I thought it was probably time to start to learn a new skill. And who doesn't like flowers?
Aside from the flowers (ahem) in the lawn, I've managed to keep some plants alive in my garden as my Instagram feed will testify (a rather random selection of irises, roses and courgettes, featured alongside images of beautiful gardens and woodlands that inspire me)....but sadly some plants didn't make it through the winter and I clearly have a lot to learn.
Going to the garden centre was a bamboozling experience. We went and came back empty-handed. There were just so many products out there that I didn't know where to start! And when I turned to Google, it seemed several of the products that I'd been looking at to improve my garden, contained chemicals or products that either weren't sustainable or had hazard warnings on them...don't use near drains, poisonous to animals. That didn't sit well with me.
It's started me on a new path...to learn about organic gardening. After all, if we were all to look after our gardens sustainably, that's got to be a good thing, right? Good for the environment, good for us and good for the bees.
And as for my lawn, it seems clover is actually a good thing, according to garden organic - it locks nitrogen into the soil, which is a natural fertiliser. The flowers also feed the bees, which is kind of wonderful. You can read more about growing an organic lawn on their website here.
I'm really looking forward to learning more about organic gardening and would love to hear if you have any tips in the comments section below.