Blue Bugle

I can’t say what it is about weeds that l have always loved? Perhaps it is quite simply because they are misunderstood like some animal species. Whatever your opinion or view is on weeds, they are everywhere, and they are here to stay.

Twenty-five years ago, l used to forage for weeds to feed the enormous number of rabbits l had in my commercial breeding operation. Knowing about them made everything easier because it meant that l wouldn’t accidentally kill an animal by feeding the wrong weed.

Most weeds are harmless, not all. Of course, some are and can be deadly. The fact is that people don’t like weeds because they don’t belong where they usually appear or are out of place. Many a time, gardeners especially don’t want them because weeds tend to grow quicker and easier than many ornamental flowers.

Weeds have a way of surviving. They are ONLY considered weeds on the domestic level because, let’s be honest, when we are out walking in the countryside, how many people are bothered by the presence of weeds then?

There are advantages and disadvantages to having weeds in your gardens and yards. They do have a lot of benefits that many people tend to ignore, and this series will highlight that.

The Beauty of Weeds

Companion Plantings
Encouraging wildlife
Fertilising and enriching the soils
Providing and active Mulch/Soil protection
Attracting pollinators and good insects
Repelling pests
Food source for animals and humans
Serves as decoy crops
Great for wildlifing the garden
Soil conditioning

Designs – Earthly Comforts – Inspired by Nature – see collection here

Blue Bugle

Ajuga reptans

Images my own

Ajuga reptans are also known as bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed and common bugle. Reptans in Latin come from repto, which means creeping.

Wildflower to some and invasive weed to others pending your geographical location.

Blue Bugle is a perennial and covers the grounds in Gazen Salts Nature Reserve where l volunteer, which isn’t that unusual as this wildflower is often found in woodlands and shaded moist environments. I have seen it growing locally in the town of Sandwich’s gardens.

It is quite a lovely plant to add to a wildlife garden or meadow and can be used in shaded but fertile soils to act as carpeting ground cover. Be mindful when planting that it can be invasive.

Bugle flowers between April to July and can grow to a height of just over 20 cm. It is favoured by many insects ranging from moths and butterflies to bumblebees and hoverflies.

I hope you enjoyed B is for Blue Bugle and I’ll see you again soon.

The Autistic Composter

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Earthly Comforts is a wildlife journaling scrapbook focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, inspiration, poetry and photography.

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