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My favorite weakness

It's the same every Spring. I know there will soon be strong healthy plants for sale at the garden centres, but I just can't walk past a display of flower seeds without buying at least half a dozen packets.

This year it's foxgloves, hollyhocks, heliotrope, night scented stock, aquilegia, delphinium and French marigolds - all safely planted in disposable paper cups and doing well with their tiny, bright green leaves taking on different shapes as they grow.

Will I have magnificent herbaceous border this year? Probably not, but each flower that grows will have a special meaning for me (slugs permitting).

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