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Jim O'Brien: Our manicured lawn has given way to the beautiful mayhem of a wildflower garden

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Going wild: As April gave way to May, green shoots emerged and in June they just burst out all over in a profusion of blues and whites, navies and yellows and purples and reds

Going wild: As April gave way to May, green shoots emerged and in June they just burst out all over in a profusion of blues and whites, navies and yellows and purples and reds

Going wild: As April gave way to May, green shoots emerged and in June they just burst out all over in a profusion of blues and whites, navies and yellows and purples and reds

My track record in the garden is a litany of failed attempts. That was until now. Under the strict direction of my current consort I took an active part in developing what has proven to be a successful and, if I may say so, eye-catching wildflower garden.

Regular readers will know that I have an on-going concern about the state of the planet and the debilitating impact we human beings are having on it, especially when it comes to biodiversity.

In an effort to conserve more safe and nutritious space for the birds and the bees we agreed to desist from strimming the edges and headlands letting them to go wild. We strim now only in late October or early November.