Blame it on the Red Campion

Silene dioica, more commonly known as Red Campion, has been gradually taking over the front garden since I threw a packet of seeds down, not expected them to come to much. Seeds sown directly into my soil rarely do for me.

Having decided it was not the right location for this flower, I was already of a mind to dig it out. Then I needed the space for all my Summerfield Nursery purchases. The last of these was the Japanese anemone ‘September Charm’, chosen by my daughter.

In sorting out the spot for it, I discovered to my dismay that one of the hellebores that I bought in February has disappeared. Subsumed by the rampant Red Campion methinks. At least, I still have another.

Also disappointing is my knocking the flowers off the Kniphofia in trying to wrestle the rather stubborn Red Campion roots out of the ground. I had enjoyed seeing these fiery red heads when I opened the curtains in the morning.

Oh well, at least I didn’t damage the rest of the plant and a bucketful of unwanted greenery has filled up the Green Johanna. Just in time to go with the kitchen waste friends brought round this lunchtime.

Other good news is that I have finally been approached by someone else in my village through Thank goodness the Green Johanna is always hungry, helped along by my turning it every day or so with the stick that comes with the bin.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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2 Responses to Blame it on the Red Campion

  1. Some plants just don’t know when to stop! And whilst I am talking to you my jumper took about 500 grams of yarn. The very knowledgeable and helpful lady in the shop said she always allows about 600 for an adult jumper in Aran. It came in 400 gram balls hence using more than one ball and having enough left for slippers

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