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
Friday 21 January 2011
Thursday 20 January 2011
As the daffodil is the National flower of Wales I had to include them within the meadow,I could not find where to purchase the wild form so I picked just a plain daffodil.
Tuesday 18 January 2011
It was previously used for grazing cattle and sheep, except for 2 summers back in the 1970’s when the farmer killed of all the existing flora and sowed barley. then the grass was re-sown with a small amount of white clover.
I started my meadow by killing all of the grass with Round Up and once it had died, I removed it all and raked the soil until there was a fine tilt.
I sowed the centre with wild flower annuals and the sides with wild flower perennials .( The result was the picture at the front of my blog) No grass seed was included in the mixes as I knew they would come on their own.
I try to let the wild flowers grow as they wish except for Ragwort which I pull out by hand and creeping thistle which I spot weed .These would become a problem as the fields surrounding me are full of it and the farmers do nothing to control it.
In September the field is cut and stacked by hand and the hay composted for use in my garden.
To date I have recorded over 100 different wildflowers in my small meadow.
The change in wildlife this small oasis has been amazing .but who knows what 2011 has to offer after such a harsh winter.
Winters here on Anglesey are usually quite mild but wet and windy .
The Gulf Stream hits this corner Of the island and we seldom see a hard frost .
In the 37 years I have been living here in this house we have never seen snow and ice like we had in 2010.
I hope if you follow my wild flower meadow blog ,that you will get as much pleasure from it as I know I will recording all my special treasures .