If you visit the garden, one of the first things you will notice is our ‘wild meadow’ – which is a really polite way of describing the area around our fruit trees. We sowed this section with a perennial wildflower mix in the autumn, but the weeds have dominated and as a result it now looks a bit messy. On closer inspection though, there are at least 40 different species of plant which are providing a really valuable habitat for ladybirds – on a wee wander through the area I counted at least 15, including some that were getting quite amorous! Also, as you may know, weeds are just plants that are growing in the wrong place, and many of the weeds in this area have herbal or edible properties. In the long term, we would like to develop this area into one that doesn’t look quite so neglected – if you have any thoughts on this, please let us know in the comments.