Dissapointed

For the past two years we have left a border purely for wild flowers to grow and to be honest it has been rubbish.  Seed companied are charging the earth(no pun intended) for them so I bought some on line with a few packets of cornflowers fro suttons.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,473

    You could save your own seed such as poppies. Then scatter  early next season.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • agreed but i wanted more of a meadow effect with varied species, we love the poppies lots of dead heading but worth it

     

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,473

    I dont deadhead. That way there is lots of seeds for next year. 

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Have you looked at Suffolk seeds, which I think sell packets of individual varieties?  Avoid the big companies.  I don't think their germination rates are very good.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,473

    Try pictorial meadows in Sheffield. hey have different mixes depending on what type you want.

    www.pictorialmeadows.co.uk

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Have you thought about using perennial wildflowers as the backbone of the meadow? I have some harebells in a border, and plan to grow red clover and bird's foot trefoil as plugs to naturalise in an area of grass. Picking a selection of the varieties that work best, if you can identify them, could be a good idea.

     

     

  • Have you thought about using a seed mat or tape instead? I noticed with I treat coincidentally GW mag had 10% of seed tape!!? Failing that follow the seed share thread for free swap seeds I know people I. There are looking for yellow rattle if you have any!! N

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,988

    what do you see as a meadow effect? the plants you have there are the sort that used to grow as weeds in cornfields. Isthat what you want or are you thinking more of an old hay meadow or the prairie planting as Piet Oudolf does

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  • Two years is not very long if you want to create a flower meadom ( or boarder ). It could take several years be patient and you will reap the rewards.

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