18/07/2014 at 15:16
Don't know why this ended up at the top, should have been at the bottom!
Hello Chromebaby. I have been through all the trials and tribulations of trying to make one of these Homes and Gardens wildflower meadows myself.
It took a long time for the penny to drop with me (it often does) that they are completely artificial concoctions. In nature, there are two types of thing; there are "wildflowers" (usually annuals growing in recently-dug soil) and "meadows" which are permanent ecosystems in which mostly perennials grow. But the two rarely co-exist in the wild.
I have tried to create the former by buying in seed of several invitingly attractive wildflowers and planted them in a turned-over patch of soil. I just ended up with an abysmal mishmash of tangled stems with a quick rush of colour followed by another mishmash of tangled stems, this time brown and dying.
After failing to take the hint for several years, I finally gave up on that and decided to go with the soil that I have (mainly chalky) and the climate I have. I left nature to do what it wanted with what I had given it. It took quite a lot of patience with a nagging sense that this wasn't going anywhere. As you say, one year one thing surpasses all the others, the next year that plant has gone and has been replaced by something else.
I now seem to have a more or less settled "wildflower meadow" which looks exactly like the so-called weeds in the field opposite my house! But it sure is easier to maintain than the lawn that it used to be.
Keep on keeping on.