August sees the first signs of autumn with the first migrant birds departing our shores. One of the first and more obvious garden birds to leave are swifts and by the middle of the month most birds will have gone, their screaming calls no longer filling the air on warm summer evenings. Read more
Q: Is it possible to establish Wildflowers on a River bank?
A: Riverbanks are generally rich in vegetation and often contain a build up of nutrients.
They should be sown or planted in the same way as fertile soils on arable land. An addition problem is the steepness meaning they are usually inaccessible for regular cutting.
A: Wildflower seeds can be sown at any time of year but the best time is generally spring or autumn. Some wild flower seeds such as cowslip and Primrose seeds require prolonged periods of cold to trigger germination, a process known as stratification.
The best time to sow Wildflower Seeds such as these, Read more
A: Most garden lawns contain rye grass, a hard wearing species designed to cope with the wear and tear. Unfortunately rye grass isn’t compatible with many wildflowers, so the best approach can often be to remove any existing grass and sow a wildflower and meadow grass mixture without rye grass.
If this is not possible however, there are still a few species of wildflowers that can be grown quite successfully in lawns containing rye grass. Read more
Q: Can I introduce Poppies and other cornfield seeds into an existing Wildflower meadow?
A: Unfortunately most cornfield annuals including Cornflowers and Corn poppies are not able to compete with established grass. To grow a cornfield meadow you will need to create an area of bare soil. Read more
Q: How and when should wild flower plant plugs be planted?
A: Cut any existing grass as short as possible in the areas where the wildflower plugs are to be positioned, then create a small hole where the plug is to be introduced. (You may find a bulb dibber useful for this) Read more