Luxury Wildflower Mixture For Surrey and The South East
This mix produces some stunningly beautiful wild flower landscapes, small and large. It is a unique seed combination created for the clay, loam and sandy soils of Surrey and the South East. It contains over 40 different native wild flower species at an exceptionally high ratio of 45% wild flowers to grasses.
Once established this species rich mix will display a wide range of some of our most beautiful native wild flowers with different flowers coming into bloom from spring, through summer and well into the autumn to produce a continuous cascade of changing colour.
Choose a 1m² site that receives quite a lot of sun.
Within the area to be seeded kill off any existing vegetation. You can either remove the top thin layer of vegetation just below soil level to reveal bare ground using a spade or a turf-cutter, or lay some black plastic or old carpet over the top of the vegetation to kill it (this takes a few weeks).
You can sow your seeds anytime of the year but the rate of germination will depend on the level of moisture and warmth in the soil. Native wild flowers are hardy and winter sowing is fine but don’t expect to see germination until the ground warms up in the spring. Not all the species germinate at the same time, some are months behind others so there is always new things to spot when you inspect your wild flower area.
Sow your seeds on the surface of the soil. For best results, spread a 1 cm thick layer of multi-purpose bagged compost over the top of the bare ground.
Between your fingers carefully scatter the seeds over your prepared soil.
Do not cover with soil. Don’t worry about birds eating your wild flower seeds – the seeds are too small. Some grass seeds may be taken but this will not affect your final wild flower lawn or meadow appearance. However, if you will have wild rabbits entering the seeded area then do protect it with netting.
If you sow in the spring you should see germination within a few weeks depending upon the levels of warmth and moisture in the soil. There will then be a succession of different species germinating throughout the following weeks and months. If you sow between September and February most of the annuals will germinate from April (although Corncockle can germinate soon after sowing if the weather is not too cold and will happily survive the winter). The large assortment of perennial wildflower species will germinate a month or two later than the annuals with germination continuing throughout the year. Although the annuals will flower fully in the first year (from May onwards) and some of the perennials too (from late June onwards), many of the perennials spend their first year bulking up their leaf growth and root structure and so the colourful display you will see throughout the first year will be mostly coming from the annual wildflowers. It is from April of the second year when your wild flower area will burst into perennial bloom, with different species flowering en masse from early April right through until October and even November.
Cut it once with a strimmer or mower towards the end of every year (around October) and remove the cuttings. If you don’t remove the cuttings they will act as a mulch and snuff out many of the more delicate wildflower species.
If you follow these simple instructions your wildflower area should survive indefinitely and bring you much pleasure and fascination year after year. No two years will be the same as different species will bloom at differing levels of abundance, producing an ever changing feast of colour and form for your enjoyment.
Our Seed Supplier: Clandon Wood
Clandon Wood is a nature reserve and natural burial ground. They have 31 acres of traditional wildflower meadowland, lakes, wetland and young woodland. They are passionate about the environmental and spiritual benefits of wildflower meadows and have supplied these special seeds to Sensiful to help increase the amount of wildflowers in our community.
For more information on Clandon Wood, please visit their website here.