Wildflower Meadow Mix 100sq.m and 400sq.m packs
Annual varieties have been added to give colour to the meadow from year one, when the slower developing perennials are not established. In year two the perennials will offer a different colour scheme while some annuals will reappear producing a colourful low maintenance meadow. Sheeps fescue is included to give a natural meadow look.
- 100sq.mt contains 37g flower seeds and 90g sheeps fescue.
- 400sq.mt contains 150g flower seeds and 350g sheeps fescue.
- Sheeps fescue is a low growing grass that won't swamp the wildflowers.
- Conventional, non organic seed
Contents: FLOWERS: Achillea millefolium (white Yarrow, P), Agastache foeniculum(P), Calendula officinalis (Marygold, A), Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower,A), Cerastium biebersteinii (Snow in summer, P), Cheiranthus allionii(Wallflower, B/P), Chrysanthemum coronarium (A), Cosmos Bipinnalus(Cosmea, A), Cynoglossum arnabile (A/B), Eschschoizia (TP), Gypsophilaelegans (Gipsy annual Baby Breath, A), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower, A),Lathyrus latifolius (Sweet Pea, P), Linum perenne lewisii (Flax, P),Lotus corniculatus (Birdsfoot, P), Oenothera lamarckiana (EveningPrimrose, B/P), Rudbeckia amplexicaulis (A), Rudbeckia hirta (Black eyedSusan, A/B/P). (key: A = Annual, B=Biennial, P=Perennial, TP= Tender Perennial) GRASS: Sheeps Fescue (Festuca Ovina) or Hardy Fescue (Festuca Ovina duriu)
DETAILS Our Flower meadow is a mixture of 19 carefully selected annual and perennial flowers and herbs and a special low growing, non aggressive grass. Annual varieties (10%) have been added to give colour to the meadow in year one, when the slower developing perennials are not established. In year 2 the perennials (flowers and herbs) will take over and will offer a different colour schedule while the annuals will only partly repeat themselves. Depending on climate, soil and situation the flower meadow will develop differently. Over the years some flowers and herbs will grow stronger while others will become less obvious or will disappear. The flower meadow will change its appearance over the years, depending on soil type, temperatures, annual rainfall etc. etc. - as in any other meadow.
SOIL and SOIL PREPARATION Most flowers and herbs grow best in poor soils. - Bare soil should be cultivated (harrowed/rotivated) to ensure that the young seeds can root easily. Where weeds or grass dominate the ground should be ploughed in autumn and soil cultivation should take place in spring before sowing the flower meadow. Do not apply any fertiliser. It is important to remove potentially competing weeds (e.g. dock weed, nettles, etc.) before sowing. If weeds germinate later they should be removed as soon as possible, preferably by hand.
SOWING TIME: Sowing should be carried out either from March to May (beware of late frosts!) or from October to November. Spring sowings usually result in a flower display of the annuals during late summer. The perennials will show flowers in the following year. Autumn sowings need to be done as late as possible. If sown too early the seeds will germinate immediately but the young plants will not survive frost. With late sowings the seeds will stay in the ground and only start germinating in the following spring, when the soil temperature rises with the season. This usually results in an early summer display of flowers from the annuals with the perennials to follow next year.
SOWING RATE: Sow at a rate of 0.5kg/400m² (5kg/acre). DO NOT SOW HIGHER RATES OR THE STRONGER VARIETIES WILL SMOTHER THE WEAKER VARIETIES. Sow very shallow and barely cover with soil. To achieve an even seed distribution mix the required seed amount with some dry sand, divide seed/sand mix into two parts. Scatter one part of the seed while walking over the area from North to South, scatter the second part of the mix while walking from East to West. IMPORTANT: No fertiliser is required. Keep the freshly sown area moist all the time until the seedlings have developed their first true leaves (4 - 6 weeks). Do not soak with water.
MAINTENANCE: In the first (sowing) year the meadow should be cut - ideally with a scythe or cutterbar mower - in September. In all following years the first cut should be in August/September - after the flowers have shed their seeds. The meadow should be cut about 2“ (5cm) high. The grass cuttings should dry on the meadow to allow remaining seeds to fall on to the ground. After some days carefully remove the dried foliage from the meadow. A second cut should be considered in October/November to avoid the flowermeadow growing too high over winter. During the flowering period the meadow should not be used because flowers will not recover when compacted by walking. During the rest of the year the use of the flower meadow should be limited.