Where did all the cowslips go? Young girls can’t have picked them all. As a child I remember them as being as common as bluebells: bright and chipper, lining the lane to school. In a few fortunate parts of Britain there are still country lanes bordered during the spring with primroses and cowslips, but those of us in the rest of country will have to plant our own. Plant lots, not only because they look far better in drifts, but because that way you can smell their sweet perfume without getting down on all fours. Collect the ripe seed and sow it immediately or simply sprinkle it around. They prefer a light soil but will grow in most conditions.