Almost the first gardening book I bought after we moved here in 2001 is called ‘Plants for All Places’ As the name suggests it sets out to offer suggestions for where to place plants to give them the conditions they desire. I doubt if I’ve opened it more than a couple of times.
Rather than try and provide the ideal conditions for plants I tend to let the plants decide where they want to be. This means I sometimes have failures when I place a plant in a totally unsuitable place but I also get plants self-seeding where they want to be.
At the base of the steps down from the back door, an Atropa belladonna, deadly nightshade, has set itself and is also close to flowering.
I have a number of these plants in different parts of the garden but this one is the furthest advanced.
I don’t know whether that is because the position and conditions are most suitable in that place or whether, as I noted with the Heracleum mantegazzianum, giant hogweed, in the Alnwick Garden, the plant is hurrying to complete its reproductive cycle because it is being stressed by its growing conditions.
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