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

Saturday 4 April 2015

Easter Saturday 2015

A gorgeous warm spring day . warm enough not to wear a coat . The daffodils are looking beautiful .I planted an extra 500 over the winter 300 in the meadow 200 in the garden . In the meadow they were planted around the fruit trees .although a little sparse now they will soon double up. 

The Primroses ,Ox slips and Anemone  Blanda are already flowering but the Fritillary are very disappointing I think this is due to  the arrival of the Lily Beetle that was unknown in this area until about 2 years ago now it is a real pest on Lilies and also Fritillery 

While the meadow is a magnet for wildlife ,it also has its unwelcome visitors too . the Moles have been excessively active over the winter .At one time I counted 60 mole hills at the top of the meadow. Today I saw the mole catcher in the adjoining fields . The farmer must have decided to get rid  of any moles in his fields . While the mole is safe in my meadow  as soon as he ventures across the boundary he will be no more.

Mole hills

Another unwelcome guests are Rabbits and huge population of Bank  Voles holes everywhere  but these are the main food source for other animals and birds so I suppose I can expect Stoats Weasels and various birds of prey and Owls . Its interesting to see how the meadow is evolving from year to year.

Thursday 13 March 2014

spring is just around the corner

First cut of the grass

Daffodils all in Bloom

Rosa Rugosa coming into leaf

quince beds bursting
Suddenly the weather has turned and  a few warm sunny days any everything is awake and rearing to go . I have  given the grass its first cut to give the flowers a sporting chance against the grass . and redefined the island beds .In the top island I planted over a 100 assorted Alliums of various stages of maturity so only some of them will flower in 2014.
The daffodils are in full bloom the full length of the meadow  they have filled out really well in the four years since they were planted. 
Anemone Blanda is starting into bloom as is primroses and the main flush of cowslips.wont be far behind . The top bed which I must admit I gave up on last year as thousands of dock seedlings emerged and the bed was over run . So that is the challenge for this year to sort it by hook or by crook.
Although I am thrilled with the meadow attracting wild life I am not thrilled with the arrival of the Rabbits . What I am going to do about this I really dont know . One family has made its home in my garden and has wrecked my strawberry bed.
 The Moles are also quite a problem making huge Mole hills that I have to remove every few days , and the Voles well they seemed to have reached a balance now providing food for other things I suppose .Buds on the Quince tree are starting to break as is the Rosa Rugosa giving a real feeling that spring really is just around the corner.

Thursday 13 February 2014

We have just had the worst storm I have known in the 40 years we have lived here . As i walked down the meadow this afternoon after the storm had passed I was amazed to see this tiny cowslip .Apart from flowering far too early it had stood firm while being battered by 100 mile an hour wind, also the snowdrops not a mark on them .thy look so delicate , but deceivingly tough to survive unscathed.



Wednesday 12 February 2014

Barn Owl to paint

My notepad computer developed a fault part way through my first post so I had to send it away for repair . We are now up and running again  but lots of catch up to do. 
This  post although not directly attached to the meadow ,but is to local wild life. I was brought the most beautiful little Barn Owl just over a week ago . Sadly she was dead but not a mark on her . She had been hit by a vehicle on the A55. The main road that runs through the middle of our beautiful Island of Anglesey
I took lots of photos of her as I intend to paint her to the best of my ability at some point.
She was ringed so her history was known. She was six months old and had  come from a nest outside  Caernarfon on the mainland .
Although quite far by car only 6 miles across the Menai Straits to where she was killed .
I have never seen a Barn Owl up close before and she was so beautiful.. I just had to share.

Sunday 26 January 2014

The Start for 2014

What a contrast  year  the first post for 2013 was the meadow under 8 inches of  snow accompanied by freezing weather .This year we have had constant wind and storms following on one after another. The weather has also been very mild.So many things starting into growth far too early . I hope we now dont get a spell of harsh frosty weather to knock them all back again

Winter Flowering Honeysuckle
Lonicera Fragrantissima
2014 m1
This has been planted right by the gate on dry days
 I cant resist a really good smiff of its fantastic perfume.
it has the ability to brighten an otherwise dull day.

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Summer is over in the meadow

Meadow ready for cutting
All to soon the meadow flowers are over and its time to cut and remove all the dead flowers. The lovely sunny weather has suddenly brought all the flowers to an end ,and the also time  to put the meadow to sleep until the spring just the contractor to cut the Hawthorn  hedges.  Even though the flowers are finished there are still things  to see and the meadow is constantly changing through Autumn and into winter . There will be more bulbs to be sourced and buy and plant seeds to buy and plugs to have ready to plant out next spring
All cut ready to collect


Nearly done collected into heaps

Flossie quality control  approves the almost finished job