THE CUT

Our online botanical publication.

GREEN UP YOUR GAFF

HOW NOT TO KILL YOUR WILDFLOWER MEADOW

2nd May 2019

Words by Jessica Peace

Whether you tossed your seeds with us in March or you’re shoving them into your bald patches and window boxes now (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.

INSTANT GRATIFICATION

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!