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Hi to you all and a good 2013 to you, ok I am moving house soon and have a huge garden which will need a gardener, but it has just me and my husband, so we thought maybe make a grass pathway which we can mow and have wild flowers, like poppies,whit daisy and cornflowers either side of the path to form a pretty wild like garden, now how do we create this, do we use seeds, or plugs for the easiest and quickest result?????

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 16,789

    Plugs will give the easiest and quickest results. For seeds you would need to cultivate some bare earth to sow them in.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • thankyou x

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    There are firms which specialise in wild flower meadows, both plugs and seeds. I would think a google would be productive.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Denise is this a grass meadow with flowers or a grass path with poppies and corflowers etc in bare soil beside it? There's lots of different sorts of meadow. Grassy ones have flowers that can cope with grass competition, dog daisies, knapweed, buttercups, whatever suits your soil. If you're creating one of these on existing grass you'll need to start with plugs or even larger plants. If you're starting from scratch you can sow a wildflower mix to suit your soil after removing perennial weeds

    Poppies, cornflowers, corncockle etc are cornfield flowers (or weeds if you're a farmer) and grow in cultivated soil. They can't compete wth grass. You just direct sow these as you would any annual.

     

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I saw something like this at Sissinghurst years ago and thought it was very stunning! The one there was primarily grass with wild flowers dotted through it. A client of mine copied this idea in a large area, the gardener said he simply bought a load of seed that was called something like 'wild flower meadow'. I believe he got someone in to cut it once or twice a year.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Yes the cutting neds to be timed by what you grow and it's easier maintenance if you have early or late flowering meadows. The early ones you leave til it's all seeded then mow til the end of the growing season. The late one you can mow for a while in spring then leave it and it will flower later. complex business getting it all coordinated but sometimes it comes just right.

  • It might be worth googling Sarah Raven as she did a short TV series about plants that are beneficial for wildlife, including flower meadows.  One of the things she looked at was whether to go with annual or perennial wildflowers.  You can also buy pre-seeded 'mats' or even turf that you roll out but of course this is pricey.  Hope this helps.

  • well I didnt think it would be so complicated......so let me claify, I want cornflowers, field poppies, white daisies amd something yellow, which I want to come up year after year, withour reseeding, so I need to draw out the path leaving this grass so I can mow it short, then dig the grass up either side of grass path in wide borders, then plant either plugs? or seed matting, or seeds? have I got it right? and thank you x

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 16,789

    Field poppies like the ground to be cultivated, so although they set seed they will fizzle out unless the ground is tilled every year. That is why they appear in cornfields and where farmers have turned the soil. If you want something like cowslips they are perennial and will come up yearly as well as setting seed, but they like limestone and open fields like in the Cotswolds. Primroses prefer it more acid, damp and shadier. If you are going to dig the grass up either side of the path then don't plant plugs. Sow a flower meadow seed mix. Cornflowers of the sort I think you mean are annuals. Don't use fertiliser. If you are going to plant into the existing grass then plant plug plants.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Cowslips do very well in my garden in the Fens; they self seed like crazy and every Autumn I dig half of them up.

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