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Tip for foxgloves, don't sow all your seeds this year. They are biennials, so they won't flower this year, but will next, then they should self seed, but those won't flower for a year, so you'll have a year gap (if that riddle made sense)..
Therefore so half seeds this year, and do the same again next year so you have both 1 and 2 year old plants in the garden. After that they should get their own flowering/seeding cycle going.
Hi WoF, that's good to hear apart from thelck of bees. Don't be scred of the cow parsley.When it stops looking pretty take most of the seed heads off. The hogweed is worse, it has such bigleaves.
I can stop it spreading further if I don't let it seed but i should have done that years ago.
WoF - sounds like your meadow is really coming along - great news.
Nut - I took your advice last year and planted patches of yellow rattle seed to try and subdue the grass in my meadow. These have all taken (yippee ) so am expecting the yellow flowers very soon. The question is, what next ? Do i plant plugs of wildflowers in the rattle patches, or do I leave them to get going and not plant anything else til next year ?? I know you are the expert - sorry for nicking someone else's thread - but it is wildflower related !
I'd start some plants for the meadow now and grow them onto something larger than a plug to plant out after the last mow. The YR will seed itself but you can collect some and spread it to exactly where you want it.
Nut - many thanks. Am passing a GC today so will get some seeds going. Thank you for "holding my hand" on this long term project . One question every six months is a difficult one to keep a thread going for. You can be sure that if it ever succeeds, I will be giving "my friend Nut" all the credit - people can make of that what they will!!
That's very kind chicky. Not sure if I'll deserve it but thank you. I've had 20 years to realise my errors so if I can shorten that time for others I will.
Hi all, would love to see some phots of your wildflower meadows.
I am hoping to start one next year on my wild allotment, just trying yo get rid of ground elder at moment
I'll see what I can find this evening aliesh
It was surprisingly difficult to find pics. I think the last couple of summers have been so poor it's not been so photogenic. I'll have to look on the computer that goes back a few more years. Did find one of some crested dogs tail grass and the yellow rattle
But now I enlarged them I can see it's not all crested dogs tail.
Wow what a large meadow you have how lovely, do you get lots of wildlife?
We have lots of wildlife Aliesh, in spite of the farmer on 2 of our 3 boundaries being a bit spray happy. The third side is the road, if he started sprayng that it wouldn't surprise me. Loads of birds, one of our neighbours said the volume of birdsong goes up as you pass our garden. We get insects by the million, food for the bats. Dragonflies and damselflies, hoverflies. Bees a bit poor this year as with everyone else but hoping for better when the weather improves. The sun is just beginning to show NOW
The ponds have great crested newts and smooth newts and larvae from all those insects. It's our patch of paradise.