Posted: 26/08/2015 at 09:54
Dave, That looks really nice. I love the mix and colours that you have.
I've got mine more as a perennial meadow and initially planted onto bare soil just roughly rotovated. More or less as said. Except I didn't use weedkillers. Rather I just got the surface grass and weeds dug off. I do have some annuals that have self seeded. Our farm is in the HLS scheme so we've got excellent diversity and plenty of free plants.
I've got convolvulus, campion, cranesbill, periwinkle, field scabious, yarrow, ox eye daisy, musk mallow, cowslip as well as poppies and cornflower
I just wanted to air a word of caution about some of the "mixed wildflower seeds" that I've seen for sale. Partcularly if you're next to farm land where there's stock. I've actually seen packets that have ragwort in - a controlled weed that is covered by a Code of Practice and which is to be removed. It's highly toxic to grazing animals but particularly to horses and cattle. It's a cumulative poison and it kills them and it's not a nice death either! Likewise careful there's no buttercups. Again a cumulative toxin and no where near as bad as ragwort but your neighbouring farmer will not thank you at all if he has stock and sees those next door.