Meadow Flowers

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Dottie May

Meadow Flowers

This year one of our local Councils has planted meadow flowers on a long stretch of the central reservation before entering the town. At the moment it is in full bloom and is looking absolutely fantastic. I checked out Meadow Flowers on the computer and I see you can buy mats already filled with seeds of wild flowers. Has anyone tried these out and with what success. Be interested to know.

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Yummy

Meadow flowers

I have planted the seeds Dot, in France. they do look lovely don't they. Just get a packet, or you can get a canister of them quite cheaply too and scatter them in drifts . The canisters have the tops like a SAXA salt shaker so easily done, but beware of the different size seeds, usually the Marigold are the last to come out as they are generally the biggest, so I went over again from the beginning and scattered those from my hand.. They will self seed over and over again, if you leave them to seed naturally. Also, they do best on ground that isn't too fertile and don't mind poor soil.

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Katrina B

Cornfield flowers and wildflowers

There are two types of wildflowers that need slightly different conditions.

Cornfield flowers such as poppy, corncockle (a rarity these days), cornflower and other annuals need the soil turned to allow the seed to germinate. They don't generally reseed themselves if the soil is not loosened. Doesn't take much, just a gentle dig over with a small fork and a rake to loosen the surface.

Other wildflowers are quite happy to send there seed down to whatever is below. The ground for these needs to be less fertile.

Keep up the good work ladies and the bees and butterflies will reward you with their visits!

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Dottie May

Meadow Flowers

Many thanks for all the advice which is very valuable for the future plans I have. Fingers crossed.

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Honey

Meadow Flowers

;o) Of course, you could do what Prince Charles does at Highgrove... after the meadow has flowered and the seeds have dropped (like his wonderful camassias) he puts his sheep in the meadow for a very short time to loosen the ground. I believe that works a treat.

H x

P.s. Okay a folk will do the same.

 
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