Letting some of the grass in the front garden just grow long was a simple way of protecting a few wild orchids which appeared, reducing time spent mowing, creating diversity aesthetically and encouraging a wider variety of insects and butterflies into the garden - so it's both simple and complex at the same time.
It's truly mini - as meadows go - about 6m x 3m. I first wrote about it and photographed it on 9 June 2010 when the orchids were out, but as the orchids fade - you can just see one below centre, left - the cat's ears put on a show, which clashes wonderfully with the brilliant magenta of geranium psilostemnon. It's for a few weeks only, so I just enjoy the drama!
Cat's ears, hypochaeris radicata, also known as hawkweed and as false dandelion, doesn't seed all around the beds as dandelions would.
....did I mention that we made a princely profit of £17 at the table-top sale? And brought most of the stuff back home? Hmmm....