Self-sown flowering plants in the vegetable garden fill spaces that might otherwise be taken by weeds, adding beauty and reducing work. They create a “permaculture” look, one visitor informed us. Permaculture? Sounds like endless care and toil. These plants require little culture, or none. Among our most welcome returnees are forget-me-nots, Iceland poppy, feverfew, bread-seed poppy, bachelor buttons, borage, dill, coriander, sunflower, calendula, zebrina, johnny-jump-ups (Viola tricolor), and a new arrival last year, greater celandine (Chelidonium majus). The vegetable garden is also a “wild” flower garden from early spring until the end of autumn. Some of the little violets, photographed yesterday, have been blooming for five months.

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double-flowered Chelldonium majus

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