The tall, flowering stems of cow parsley, which looked so pretty among the apple trees in May, were dry and brown.  I’ve cleared the dead stalks away, uncovering the self sown garden plants and weeds, or wildflowers, that were growing between them.   Some selective weeding, or editing, leaves an easy care selection of the more attractive plants.

The simple flowers and feathery foliage of feverfew stand out well against the bold, flat leaves of coltsfoot.  The yellow flowers of the coltsfoot give a bright splash of colour and nectar for early bees in March, before the new leaves emerge.  Not a plant for a border of delicate ornamentals, where it could easily smother or swamp its neighbours, here under the apple trees the coltsfoot makes attractive ground colour.