Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:43
I created a wildflower garden in our front garden a few years ago. The first two years were fine; it looked great, very pretty with a good mix of flowers and grasses.
The third year the clovers that were in the seed mix dominated and smothered everything else. I thinned it out at the end of the year.
This year it was the grass's turn to dominate. Much of the reseeding I did didn't produce flowers.
One thing that these articles fail to mention is that slugs and snails love wild flower seeds and seedlings. In the wild they're controlled by predators but in an enclosed, city garden you'll need to do something about them if you want wild flowers every year.
I've now cut everything down and dug up most of the grass tufts. I've reseeded and, sadly, slug pelleted the area. The next morning revealed how many slugs and snails were present.
Seedlings have started to appear and hopefully, with fewer slugs and snails around, they will have a chance to grow and put a beautiful display.