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Talkback: Three ways to create a mini-meadow

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 12:57

Nutcutlet

Yes the scruffy period is a trial as ours in the narrow front garden of a palisaded Victorian villa so it's very on show all of the time. I've been thinking of some perennial pollinator flowers which I could pop in to distract from the scruffy period.

Since my last post the wild flower garden is coming back to life with the reseeding I did, and slug pelleting, working a treat. If the weather stays mild for the next two months I should get a lovely display.

Talkback: Three ways to create a mini-meadow

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:48

Nutcutlet

Ah I see. Thank you. I see what PansyFace was getting at now. So I would need to essentially dig over the ground at the start of the year and reseed when appropriate. I can do that. Although I had under planted with crocus bulbs a couple of years ago for a late winter early spring display.

I watched the most recent ep of GW this morning and Dan and Dom have a stunning wild flower patch in their garden. I want that! Mine looked like Monty Don's - as PansyFace says - a rather unsightly tangle of green stems.

Another issue I have is as the wild flower patch is right up against the house it can get easily flattened by gusts on very windy days. This is something I'll have to live with but it's worth keeping in mind when creating a wild flower patch.

 

Talkback: Three ways to create a mini-meadow

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 00:51

Thanks for the replies and insights. It's so interesting to hear about other peoples' experiences. I'm a bit behind with Gardener's World. I'll do a marathon on the iPad Sunday morning.

I've been tempted to abandon it a few times and do something more ornamental, yet still pollinator friendly, but I remain optimistic and I give it another go.

I've been aiming for a kind of hay meadow with poppies, cornflowers, ox eye daisies, field buttercups, clovers, grasses, plantains and campions to name but a few.

Here's a link to a gallery I've got on my Facebook which shows the progress of the front garden. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2419136716946.2142433.1207232553&type=1&l=4f5c9afc1a

I'll see how it goes with slug and snail slaughter. I might just dig it all up and reseed next year if I don't get that stunning tapestry of colour I'm after.

Good luck to everyone else with their mini-meadows!

Talkback: Three ways to create a mini-meadow

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.

Talkback: Three ways to create a mini-meadow

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 07:20
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.

Talkback: Self-seeding plants

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 11:19
While weeding and spreading manure under my Fatsia Japonica in early March I found two young red-stemmed Dogwoods! I left the larger one where it was and moved the smaller one nearer to it.

I can only think that bird poo is the likeliest delivery system.

Talkback: Planting inspiration

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 13:43
I love motorway verges. Especially when covered in ox-eye daisies. I have them, as well as teasel and hawthorn, in my garden.

Also cowslips appear to be very populous this year. There's a huge carpet of them along the A50 in Derbyshire between J24 of the M1 and Derby. Stunning.

Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 10:51
I think Carol said,'sieved' loam.

Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 08:23

Half of my lawn, or grass really, is buttercups! And I love having them. Each to their own obviously but the info here should acknowledge the counter argument.

Remember that our bees are struggling at the moment.

All this info about weeds seems to be for those who want an antiseptic, souless, striped bowling green.

Talkback: Clover

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 08:14
Mmm. More bad advice. The info here should be rewritten to take into account that clover is incredibly important for bees. Some kind of disclaimer at least.

I've bought clover as wildflowers from garden centers and inserted them into my lawn. The bees go crazy for the lovely purple or white flowers.
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