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02/10/2012 at 20:20

any advice on growing a wild flower medow on a slite slope and has very wet soil thankyou

02/10/2012 at 21:03

hello cody, one plant that comes to mind is the ragged robin. I bought this in a local market earlier this year. it's the first time I've grown it. From what I've read- ideally it's a bog plant which like lots of sunshine but wet feet. I planted it in damp, clay, heavy soil in partial shade and it did well. Probably finished flowering a bit earlier than what is said about it but that could have been done to the dreadful summer. It has died back but now has healthy growth at the base of the plants. I also collected seeds from the seed pots this year and have loads of young seedlings in my cold frame. They are meant to be great at self seeding.

I've just started to plant some of them out.

I'm growing it as it's beneficial to insects- lovely flowers

What's the light/sunshine levels in the area that you are thinking of?

03/10/2012 at 07:17

The best thing would be to find some natural locations, similar to the one you have, and see what wild flowers grow there. You say that you're in the Lake District. I would imagine that there is a very specific collection of wild flowers that like to grow in those conditions. They won't be the same wild flowers that most of us are accustomed to growing.

There will certainly be some books that describe the flora of the Lake District. Look in your local librarary. These are two such books:

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=A_hcJmc_r5EC&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=wild+flowers+of+the+lake+district&source=bl&ots=fb1_vVcPHI&hl=en&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=lakeland&f=false

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=K3zgygAACAAJ&dq=flora+of+the+lake+district&source=bl&ots=uq-gphSjy5&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA

Both those books are also available from Amazon (or local bookshops). But try the library first. If the books are really useful, you could then buy your own. The first one costs around £2.80, the second £14.

It's illegal to remove plants from wild locations. But you would be able to get wildflower seeds for those plants, from specialist wild flower seed suppliers.

03/10/2012 at 07:55
Cardamine (lady's smock) thrives in a damp meadow locally, as do field buttercups. And higher on Dartmoor what I call cotton grass ( because of its fluffy white flower heads) is a marker for boggy areas.
03/10/2012 at 08:59

Hi Cody;

Try the link below, very helpful company with meadow mixes for most conditions.

http://www.scotiaseeds.co.uk/WetMeadowmix.php

Rory

04/10/2012 at 21:52
Thankyou for all your help????
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