Wild Flower Meadow
Friends, all those of you who follow the RHS @ Chelsea Flower Show, like me, will know that wild flowers are all the rage. Last year we saw a fantastic wild flower meadow in the centre of Canterbury. We had visited it before and wanted to check it out again just to make sure it was as good as we had imagined it.
It was so good we thought it would be nice to try and make one ourselves, in a scrubby area of grass and weeds we have.
More Rough grass (looking the other way)
Having done some research we were met with conflicting info. Do we try and clear everything and start from scratch.
Or keep what good wildflowers there are already and add to them with additional seed. We decided to do the latter and then try and remove some of the more persistent weeds.
We purchased some seed from pitchcare http://www.pitchcare.com/shop/wildflower-seeds/index.html
and sowed the seeds at the end of April.
Weeds - Nettles
Everything seems to be growing well especially the weeds, mainly nettles, as can be seen here.
We have doused them with glyphosate weed killer, but as can be seen all it seems to do is slightly discolour the nettles on first application
Fortunately on second dousing a couple of weeks later the nettles have gone black and died off. It will be a long slow process as we only want to kill the nettles and not the new wildflowers around them.
We will have to wait and see how it all pans out as the season progresses, but hopefully with lots of wildflowers and few weeds.
This is my ad hoc update and diary describing how I am developing our garden at Trostrie Cottage in Galloway. You can see the garden for yourself if you book a self catering holiday @The Shieling which is attached to Trostrie Cottage http://www.trostriecottage.co.uk/ in the South West of Scotland.
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