Steven Brown from Beescapes joined my green roofing course a couple of weeks ago. His company specialises in encouraging landowners to establish large scale wild flower meadows to support bees. Steve was telling me how they work on a five year timescale - ie it takes five years from sowing seedsuntil the meadow is really flourishing and I can see how that makes sense.
|yellow rattle (aka hay rattle) flowering soon after |
my meadowmat was installed
The wild flower seeds, were sown in April, weeded in April, May, June, July and September, have produced no flowers whatsoever (apart from the sunflowers that had seeded themselves from the previous year) and I can see 6 nice strong yarrow plants, 4 plantains and a couple of strangers that I can't identify yet. BUT, I do know that many of our native species need a cold spell before the seeds can germinate, so my hopes are set on next spring bringing forward a nice crop of flowering plants.
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