Wildflower patch: one for the rook

Thursday, April 18, 2019

One for the rook, one for the crow, one to die and one to grow... 
I don't know how time critical sowing wildflower seeds is or exactly where the window lays but I was angsty to get the seed down in March. The weekend I earmarked was windy, blowing an absolute gale in fact so was out of the question. An opportunity arose on a Monday afternoon and we seized it with both hands. No time to lose. Back in late February the whole area was weed sprayed as there was a lot of nettle, thistle and grass. When it died back the rotivator scuffed up the surface to expose the soil. The wild flower seeds we stockpiled in the autumn sales were a mix of two different mixes in roughly the same quantity but the boxes were small so I took a bucket and emptied in around 8 or 10 at a time, mixed it up and scattered it that way.
Most of the contents of each box is filler which makes it easier to spread it thinly enough. You really can't identify any seeds except the larger ones (which I didn't recognise). So it's more a case of scattering handfuls and hoping. All I figure is, the more the better as you can bank on many not making it.
The first two pictures date back to the wildflower patch in July last year. Amazing blooms!

You can see, if you really squint, a rough smattering of the seed mix. It's good enough to get an idea of where has been covered. Then we scuffed it about with rakes which obviously took an eternity as the area is vast and a rake is small.

Now it's just a case of waiting and keeping fingers crossed that something good might happen.

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend however you spend it. The weather is set to be nigh on blissful so pop outside if at all possible.

Take care,

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