The Wildflower Meadow

What could be better than not mowing the lawn? The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust have some advice on turning a grassy area into a wildflower meadow, starting with “Let it grow during the summer to see what turns up”, so I stopped mowing at the end of May and waited to see what happened. The results were not too encouraging: several ant-hills, a lot of white clover (great for bumble-bees), daisies, buttercups, numerous tall yellow-flowered weeds (with hundreds of hover-flies), quite a lot of Self-heal. There were a couple of surprises – Ragwort (I hoped that this would bring Cinnabar moths, but so far it’s only produced tiny Ragwort flea beetles), and Sea Holly (full of pollen beetles) – presumably a garden escape. Still, at least I don’t have to mow it again until September.
Meadow
The hedges are doing better, with White Bryony and Woody Nightshade making an appearance,
White Bryony (Bryonia dioica)
Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
along with Dwarf Mallow on the path
Dwarf Mallow (Malva neglecta)

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One Response to “The Wildflower Meadow”

  1. Lovely wild flowers – I think woody nightshade is beautiful.

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