We have devoted a corner of our garden to meadow flowers with seeds sown each Spring and an increasing number of plants lasting from year to year.
We have enjoyed an abundance of wild flowers, including: Cornflowers, Fairy Toadflax, Tickseed, Corn Marigold, Black-eyed Susan, Red Orache, Larkspur, Shirley and Californian poppies. It is interesting to chart the impact of the weather on abundance and colour; 2012 was good – 2013 and 2014 gave us and the bees a relatively meagre reward.
In 2014 we planted plugs of salad burnet, white campion, bladder campion, devil’s- bit scabious, harebell, wild marjoram, yarrow, dropwort, clustered bellflower, lady’s bedstraw, wild carrot, cowslip, meadow cranesbill, and field scabious, along with oxeye daisy plants.
This year we will again sow fresh seeds. It does not look much at the moment, but It is a delight to see the pleasure this planting gives to so many people, adults and children alike, over the warmer months to come and to spot the first bees attracted by the flowers.
We would like to thank all the people who stop to look at the changing kaleidoscope of flowers and who write or speak to us about the pleasure they give. Many local people have said that they have been inspired by this to sow wild flowers in their garden.