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Staddle stones in the long grass
Let Nature take her own course, especially at the edges of your garden. Leave the grass to grow long during the summer months, and enjoy the sight of what we now regard as weeds but which are beloved by pollinating insects, as they grow up and flower. Here, an arrangement of staddle stones stands in the shade, amid common or meadow buttercups (a member of the Ranunculus family) and cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris, also known as wild chervil or keck) mingling with cowslips (Primula veris) and splashes of forget-me-nots. Cut back after the seeds have set, to ensure a repeat performance next summer. Grasses and plants such as these need light so later this autumn/winter, make sure you prune back any trees or shrubs so the area can enjoy the sunshine next year.
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Photograph by Maddie Thornhill