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 28 January 2012

Promise of things to come.

First snowdrops
 The Snowdrops I planted last spring are starting to appear I only planted them in small groups to give them plenty of room to colonise in future years, I hope.

Autumn sown Primroses
Its the second year for the Daffodils  so I am expecting a nice show along the edge of the meadow.
This was an Autumn sowing of wild primroses as soon as they are big enough I will plant them along the hawthorn hedge in one or two groups .I only have about 24 small plants but I'm quite pleased with the germination . I will sow some more for next year.
I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can get everything planted ,but if nothing else its teaching me patience

Monday 16 January 2012

First Frosty morning
This morning was the first frost of the winter. hopefully the seeds like Yellow Rattle that need a good chill will germinate for me at last. I have either sown they to late or I have bought none fertile seeds .
Frosty sunset
Unfortunatly the ground is now too frozen to finish removing the smaller rocks at the bottom of the field,but no problem plenty of time yet.
overview of meadow
Irish wild flower patch

Lovely day on Saturday I managed to re-sow the top bed in the field with the wild flower seeds I brought from Ireland .The bottom of the field wasn’t so easy. An awful lot of large and small stones under the large rocks. 
These will have to be removed so I can use my  grass cutter in the autumn
Hopefully the dryer weather will last so I can get this done and resow  the annual seeds

Dandelion the first flower of 2012 

Strange the first flower to appear in the meadow is a dandelion , I was so sure it was going to be  the Snowdrops I planted last spring.

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Looking forward to my meadow in 2012

I'm looking forward to my meadow in 2012 Lots of jobs to do but It has been too wet and windy so far .
No signs yet of the snowdrops I planted last year but odd daffodil leaves pushing through here and there.
The winter has been so mild I doubt if the seeds that need cold will germinate at all.
I have once again bought Ivy Boomrape seeds ( Orobanche hederae)  It is a semi parasitic plant  that lives on Ivy . I hope will  establish its self  under the Hawthorn Hedge.
When there were sheep constantly grazing the field before I bought it the Ivy never got a chance to encroach on the grass as the sheep constantly ate it. Now . its creeping into the grass.
Who knows what there will be flowering in the meadow this year or what there will be visiting in the way of wildlife . Please come back and visit from time to time and share it with me