I’m so delighted to see how quickly Wild Meadows has become a colourful carpet of wildflowers since our sewing the seeds here two years ago. Where last year we were treated to an explosion of annual species like poppy and cornflowers, this year has seen the perennials kick in; Ox-eye daisy, wild carrot and knapweed to name just a few. This profusion of floral magnificence is not only exquisite to look at, but it plays a very real and multi purpose role in the environment. Every plant stem is locking up carbon from the atmosphere, delivering water cycle services through roots and transpiration and, of course, providing food and sustenance to the legions of mini beasts and bigger creatures that depend on them. Any patch of land you are able to devote to wild flowers and native grasses will make a huge difference to the biodiversity on your patch too.
Alongside native flora, the single most important habitat you can introduce to your patch is a body of fresh water. From a small pond to larger water bodies, such as the one we dug here in Wild Meadows two winters ago, water is an essential ingredient for life and attracts a host of new species to even the smallest garden. Everything from the subtle sub aqua community like water beetles and boatmen, to the more showy pond stars like dragonflies and kingfishers may turn up making a massive positive difference to your patch. We will soon be making more ‘How To’ films on creating these habitats, so keep an eye on the website and our YouTube channel for updates. There’s really so much you can do to invite wild creatures to your garden, let us help take you on that journey…
Yesterday I saw a Comma in the garden – the first of this year. Do hope there’ll be more. It’s ragged wing edges are so obvious it’s an easy one to spot. The wing undersides are brown with a white mark shaped like a comma – hence its name. It was on a Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) – telling me what more of my work must be today! While I’ll keep some nettles for the Commas I need less in the garden as they’re strangling other plants. The Comma also uses Hop (Humulus lupulus), elms (Ulmus spp.), currants (Ribes spp.), and Willows (Salix spp) – I’ve got willow and currants in the garden, and a special place for the nettles :-), so they’ll do all right.
I seem to be in a regular Bee-Thing at the moment – this is my 3rd successive bee-post :-). This piece, from the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society, is very helpful … Flying insects such as bees and hoverflies which visit … Continue reading →
Lovely fun article … makes a good alternative to the usual hunt for chocolate eggs 🙂 Every one of the beautiful butterflies that grace our gardens and countryside during the year began life as an egg. So while butterfly … Continue reading →
I just found this article – very good. I have to rescue bees from drowning who’ve fallen into the pond or into buckets several times every summer. This idea makes a safe place for them to get water without risking … Continue reading →
This article is a couple of years old but none the worse for that! It’s really good if you’re wanting some advice on how you can encourage more wildlife into your garden and give nature a helping hand. There’s advice … Continue reading →
As the Barn Owl Trust say we need lots more of this rough grassland habitat and … maybe surprisingly to some … biodynamics really does help! People often seen to think biodynamics is some sort of fertiliser, like the chemical … Continue reading →
Phew! That was one wonderful eclipse … and the equinox … and feeling the super-moon. Had a marvellous time celebrating with some friends and also managed to do quite a lot of spring-cleaning. Now it’s time to get planning on … Continue reading →
Last year I made some small meadows in what had been the lawn. They worked very well, both looking and feeling quite amazing to be in. this year I’m taking them further. I’m not going to do “real” wildflower meadows, … Continue reading →