Nothing screams ‘it’s spring!’ like letting out your inner Alan Titchmarsh. Which is why we’re big fans of London National Park City’s blooming brilliant initiative to plant 9 million wild flowers in the capital: one for every Londoner.
The concept is simple: get Londoners on board to transform our urban jungle into a springtime paradise of vibrant flora. All you need to do is donate here to receive a seedball: a round clump of up to 30 seeds and a dash of fiery chilli powder to ward off predators, coated in clay to protect your babies while they establish themselves. No need for gardening gloves and a trowel: just drop the ball in your chosen area, water it and wait 12 weeks for the flowers to peek through, just in time to get your summer barbecue game on.
No garden? No problem. These hardy spores will sprout in window boxes, plant pots, soil at the base of trees and even on plain old public green spaces. The more imaginative the spot, the better. Think of it as low-maintenance guerrilla gardening.
If you’d rather not get mucky caring for chamomile, cornflower and corn marigold, you can donate to the project’s SeedBank to ensure all the schools in London get a shipment of seedballs in spring 2019. Invest £25 and you’ll be providing 15,000 seeds. Time to mobilise your green-fingered troops and get planting: wild flowers are officially the new succulents.