Perhaps because I am so horribly neglectful of my actual, life-size lawn…
Perhaps because while I wait for the weather to dry out enough to mow, I yearn for some orderly eye-candy in the form of a nice, tidy sword…
Perhaps because I have always, always coveted a chamomile lawn, but will never have one, because, frankly, I lack staff.
Here, I give you my perfect, indoor lawn, which requires no work; only fondling in order to release the appley-dappley scented odour. I have it by my bed, but if you are the sharing type, then it should obviously go on your table (indoor or out).
You will need:
A wide shallow container
Chamomile plants – either Chamaelelum nobile, or the variety ‘Treneague’ which is non-flowering. Both have that amazing smell.
Ordinary multi-purpose compost, but make sure it’s free of any big bits, as this plant is a bit of a diva and will only creep onto fine soil.
Squish your plants in, and fill in any gaps with compost, water and enjoy.
I used to put this plant in tea-cups and give it to people as presents (back when teacups were only used for drinking tea). It always caused delight, and probably still would, but the ubiquity of vintage teacups and general tea-cuppery has, for me, elevated the humble terracotta pot to new heights. Terracotta with bright, grassy green is perfection.
Two other suggestions for easy lawnage – admittedly more time-consuming, but huge fun to do, especially if you are stuck at home with children.
1. Wheatgrass. This is wonderfully easy to do, and something I will be blogging here over the next few weeks. It creates a beauteous, even lawn-in-a-pot, of brightest emerald shards which you can have at your table to admire, or juice (if you can stand it). Watch this space for instructions.
2. Pea-shoots. Even easier than wheatgrass (and a good deal more delicious), you can grow pea-shoots from ordinary pea seeds, laid close to each-other underneath a cm or so of compost in a container. The resulting shoots (or baby pea plants) are utterly delicious plucked and eaten raw on salads, and the gorgeous curly tendrils and oval leaves make for a really stunning table centre.