Words by Jessica Peace
Whether you tossed your seeds with us in Spring or you’re shoving them into your autumnal bald patches and window boxes ready for next year (you can grab a packet here), here’s a few ways to make your meadow work and bring on the birds and the bees!....
TREAT ’EM MEAN
Think of your wildflower seeds as a bunch of rebels, they’re the punks of the flower world, thriving on crap soil. Not because they need a poor soil but because other competing seeds like grasses just can’t handle it, leaving your wildflowers to take root and get WILD.
SHOVE IN YELLOW RATTLE
It might not be your first flower choice but yellow rattle acts as a kind of guardian of the meadow world, weakening the grass around it and allowing wildflowers space to find their groove.
RELAX YOUR MOWER
Cut the grass before you sow then chuck it in the shed for the rest of summer (yes, all of it). If you cut too early you’ll just rip the heads off your wildflowers.
Although some of the sexiest wildflowers are biennials (foxgloves make us wait) don’t torture yourself, make sure you sow something that will stand to attention this summer. We stuff in cornflowers, field poppies and sweet peas for fast love. (Lucky you, cornflowers and field poppies are in our ‘pollinating bee’ mix...)
If you’ve not sown yours yet grab one of our easy native wildflower mixes HERE. Bring on the birds and the bees!