Heavy rain flooded bottom of meadow I just hope the newly planted cherry tree survives . It was planted above the area that usually floods.The water table is very high as the summer was so wet .Now when we have heavy rain the water has nowhere to go.
Welcome to the blog of my Wild Flower Meadow for 2015.
A bit late starting this year due to nasty persistent virus that was so difficult to eradicate.
Sadly this may be the last year I may be keeping a blog for my meadow . The house and acre of land will be going on the market in the not too distant future . The new owners may put the land back to grazing or development who knows .
I sincerely hope not.
I hope it will be as loved and nurtured as It has been since I started it in 2006
In the mean time I will endeavour to keep the blog up to date with lots of pictures showing how the plants and wildlife play out in 2015 .I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I do producing it.
Please pop back from time to time to see the new additions and feel free to add any comments
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
|Sadly I cut most of the meadow yesterday.Weather wise its been the most dreadful summer with constant rain Ive not been able to collect and seed to sow for next year the seed heads just too wet to collect|
|This is the machine I use for cutting .You walk behind it like a lawn mower. I had to cut three times as the grass has never stopped growing and it kept flattening instead of cutting|
|After cutting I have to collect it by hand then transport it down to the bottom of the meadow and build it into a stack this will take the best part of a week.When this is all sorted I will do|
the final cut for the winter with the ride on mower.
|Resown after 21st June|
|Pink Shirley Poppy |
|Coral and White Shirley Poppy|
|Deep pink Shirley Poppy |
|Calendula officinalis |
|Forget me not|
Thursday, 6 September 2012
|This evening the swallows were gathering they are getting ready for there flight back to Africa . Some of our chicks had only fledged on Friday after the Sparrow Hawk attack wiped out three nests in the out buildings .|
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
As we get well into August the flowers that are opening are less and less and soon the grass will be getting cut in the centre of the meadow and finally in September the sides.The grass has grown really strong and high and I just hope the self seeding of the Yellow rattle will help to control it a little better next year. A few butterflies have appeared this week but only Peacocks Eye,Small Tortoise Shell and of course plenty of Cabbage Whites
|Annual Flax |
|Bloody Cranesbill |
|Chamomile Anthemis nobilis 2012 m188|
(Mentha × piperita
|Common Restharrow |
|Golden Rod |
|Pineapple mint Mentha |
|Weasel's Snout |
|White Rosebay Willow Herb
Saturday, 11 August 2012
( Campanula rotundifolia
|Lisimachia firecracker |
|Smooth Hawksbeard |
|Wood Avens |
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
The meadow is now changing from mainly yellow and white to purple pink and white . The Ox Eye Daisies have now gone to seed as has the Birds Foot Trefoil and Yellow Rattle. The beautiful Pink Musk Mallow, Wild Carrot and the Lesser and Greater Knapweed now take centre stage. Usually there would be clouds of lovely butterflies but I can count the number I have seen so far on two hands with fingers to spare. Just hoping if we get a bit of warm sunshine we may see some. Quite a few Bumble Bees and pollinating insects but so lacking in butterflies.
Thursday, 2 August 2012
|Perennial Rye-grass |
Although I have not mentioned them so far this year. I think it is now the time to add the grasses. They do for the greater part of the plants that do grow in the meadow. I have not deliberately sown any grasses in the meadow .Any that have grown have germinated naturally from seeds already in the soil. I must admit these are only the ones I have been able to identify .I am sure there are more but I am not clever enough to identify them yet. These I have identified I have done with the help of ISPOT.
|Crested Dog's-tail |
I have added Yellow rattle to the meadow this year in a bid to try and stop the grasses out growing some of the more delicate wild flowers .I think it will take a few years before the results will be noticed
|Sweet Vernal-grass |
|Yorkshire Fog |
or Creeping Soft -Grass
|Silver hair grass |