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    Cornfield Annuals Meadow Mixture Seed

    Cornfield Annuals Meadow Mixture Seed

    £3.50

    Create a Mini Wild Flower Meadow !

    Our bees and pollinators need help

     

    Provided by the same seed suppliers HRH Prince of Wales uses,

    We send these out in envelopes of approx 4gram of seed,

    Per metre squared, you need 4 grams. if you'd like to bulk buy; get in touch!

    Perfect as a gift for another; to yourself; or to your garden and pollinators!

    Sew Autumn to Spring for best results.

    What's in the mix?

    SPECIAL CORNFIELD MIXTURE

    Composition

    contains a wide range of annuals including some which are now rare or declining in the wild. No two cornfield annual sowings result in the same balance of flowers, with different soils and sowing dates having a great influence on the outcome.

     

    Wild Flowers

    % Latin name Common name

    50 Agrostemma githago Corncockle

    5 Anthemis austriaca Corn Chamomile

    20 Centaurea cyanus Cornflower

    15 Glebionis segetum - (Chrysanthemum segetum) Corn Marigold

    10 Papaver rhoeas Common Poppy

    100

    Sowing Rates

    kg/ha kg/acre g/m2

    20 8 2

    Ground preparation

    Cultivate the soil to create a weed free seed bed with a medium to fine firm tilth.

    Sowing

    If the cornfield annuals are being sown alone then sow in the autumn, winter or early spring. A later sowing will shift flowering beyond the normal peak in June. If sowing as a nurse for a meadow mixture then combine the two mixtures and sow in the autumn, winter or early spring.

     

    Aftercare

    Cornfield annuals sown alone should be allowed to grow and flower and then in late summer the area  can be cut, cleared and cultivated. An annual cultivation is essential for re-establishment from self sown seed. (more on the management of cornfield annuals)

     

    If sown as a nurse for a meadow mixture, cut and remove the vegetation in mid-summer, but do not cultivate.

     

    Cornfield annuals will suppress annual weed growth and give shelter to the under-sown perennial meadow species but will compromise the main sowing if left uncut for too long. Cut the annual cover vegetation if it is lush and collapses and do not wait until the annuals have set seed (there is no point as they cannot grow in established grassland).

     

    After cutting, manage the area as an established meadow, allowing the meadow species to replace the cornfield annuals in year two and thereafter.

  • Pond Edge Wildflower Meadow Seeds Pond Edge Wildflower Meadow Seeds Quick View
    Pond Edge Wildflower Meadow Seeds

    Pond Edge Wildflower Meadow Seeds

    £3.50

    Create a Mini Wild Flower Meadow !

    Our bees and pollinators need help

    You can create a mini eco system in a pot,

    Add an extra scoop of wildflower seeds for £1.50

    Provided by the same seed suppliers HRH Prince of Wales uses,

    We send these out in envelopes of approx 1gram of seed, which fit neatly inside pots

    Per metre squared, you need 4 grams. if you'd like to bulk buy; get in touch!

    Perfect as a gift for another; to yourself; or to your garden and pollinators!

    Sew Autumn to Spring for best results.

    What's in the mix?

    Pond edge mixture contains wild flowers and grasses suitable for sowing at the wet margins of ponds, streams and ditches.

     

    Wild Flowers

    % Latin name Common name

    1 Achillea ptarmica Sneezewort

    2 Angelica sylvestris Wild Angelica

    0.1 Caltha palustris Marsh Marigold

    0.6 Eupatorium cannabinum Hemp Agrimony

    3 Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet

    1 Geum rivale Water Avens

    0.4 Hypericum tetrapterum Square-stalked St John's Wort

    4 Iris pseudacorus Yellow Iris

    1 Lotus pedunculatus Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil

    0.8 Lycopus europaeus Gypsywort

    0.6 Lythrum salicaria Purple Loosestrife

    0.1 Mentha aquatica Water Mint

    0.1 Pulicaria dysenterica Common Fleabane

    2.5 Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup

    0.1 Scrophularia auriculata Water Figwort

    0.1 Scutellaria galericulata Skullcap

    1 Silene flos-cuculi - (Lychnis flos-cuculi) Ragged Robin

    1 Succisa pratensis Devil's-bit Scabious

    0.6 Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch

     

    Grasses

    % Latin name Common name

    10 Agrostis capillaris Common Bent

    2 Alopecurus pratensis Meadow Foxtail (w)

    2 Anthoxanthum odoratum Sweet Vernal-grass (w)

    1 Briza media Quaking Grass (w)

    32 Cynosurus cristatus Crested Dogstail

    1 Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted Hair-grass (w)

    24 Festuca rubra Slender-creeping Red-fescue

    1 Hordeum secalinum Meadow Barley (w)

    7 Schedonorus pratensis - (Festuca pratensis) Meadow Fescue (w)

     

    Sowing Rates

    kg/ha kg/acre g/m2

    40 16 4

     

     

     

     

     

    Growing guide

    Ground preparation

    Endeavour to select ground that is not highly fertile and does not have a problem with perennial weeds. Good preparation is essential to success so aim to control weeds and produce a good seed bed before sowing.

     

    To prepare a seed bed, first remove weeds using repeated cultivation. Then cultivate to bury the surface vegetation and harrow or rake to produce a medium tilth.

     

    Sowing

    Sowings on ground prone to winter flooding are safest either in late summer or in spring once the land has drained. Most plants need time to grow mature enough to withstand flooding.

     

    The seed must be surface sown and can be applied by machine or broadcast by hand. To get an even distribution and avoid running out divide the seed into two or more parts and sow in overlapping sections. Do not incorporate or cover the seed.

    Aftercare

    First year management

    In the first year, annual weed growth may be cut back to encourage the development of a good perennial ground cover. Establishment on sites prone to flooding may be patchy and may take several years to fully colonise.

     

    Management once established

    The habitat value of pond edge sowings is enhanced if there are a variety of vegetation structures from dense tussock stands to bare and recently colonised mud. Management of these wetland areas should therefore aim to create variation with minimum disturbance to animal populations.

     

    Variation in structure can be achieved by cutting back and removing short sections of vegetation every 2-3 years in rotation. In ditches, cut out sections and /or work from one bank each year. With ponds, remove vegetation as a wedge, like removing a slice of cake. Dense stands of single species (eg yellow iris) may benefit from selective thinning. Vegetation removal causes the least disruption to wildlife when carried out between September and November. On larger sites light grazing by cattle or horses in late summer can be used and is less disruptive than mechanical clearance. Machines and heavy equipment should be used with care on wet sites to avoid damage to soil and vegetation.

     

    Wet grassland which only occasionally or seasonally floods can be managed as meadow or grassland.

     

    In marginal wetland zones the water levels in the soil are never more than 50cm below the surface, but only occasionally submerge the plants growing there. New ponds constructed with liners often have very narrow margins (less than 1 metre wide) unless wider, gently shelving edges are designed in from the outset.

     

    Embankments away from the water's edge are often well drained. These are best seeded with a meadow mixture appropriate to the soil type.

     

    Establishment of emergent pond vegetation (eg reeds) and other aquatic plants is best achieved using plants.

  • Special Meadow Mixture Wildflower Seed Special Meadow Mixture Wildflower Seed Quick View
    Special Meadow Mixture Wildflower Seed

    Special Meadow Mixture Wildflower Seed

    £3.50

     

    Create a Mini Wild Flower Meadow !

    Our bees and pollinators need help

    Provided by the same seed suppliers HRH Prince of Wales uses,

    Per metre squared, you need 4 grams. if you'd like to bulk buy; get in touch!

    Perfect as a gift for another; to yourself; or to your garden and pollinators!

    Sew Autumn to Spring for best results.

    What's in the mix?

    This meadow mixture contains a very wide range of species. It may be used to create a very diverse sward where conditions vary across a site. It is also useful in situations where precise soil and site characteristics have not been established before sowing.
    Wild Flowers wide range of species. It may be used to create a very diverse sward where conditions vary across a site. It is also useful in situations where precise soil and site characteristics have not been established before sowing.

    Wild Flowers

    % Latin name Common name

    0.5 Achillea millefolium Yarrow

    0.6 Betonica officinalis - (Stachys officinalis) Betony

    2.5 Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed

    0.8 Centaurea scabiosa Greater Knapweed

    1 Daucus carota Wild Carrot

    0.6 Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet

    0.6 Galium album - (Galium mollugo) Hedge Bedstraw

    2 Galium verum Lady's Bedstraw

    0.4 Knautia arvensis Field Scabious

    0.3 Leontodon hispidus Rough Hawkbit

    0.6 Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye Daisy

    0.5 Lotus corniculatus Birdsfoot Trefoil

    0.1 Origanum vulgare Wild Marjoram

    0.5 Plantago media Hoary Plantain

    1 Poterium sanguisorba - (Sanguisorba minor) Salad Burnet

    0.4 Primula veris Cowslip

    2 Prunella vulgaris Selfheal

    2.5 Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup

    1 Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle

    0.6 Rumex acetosa Common Sorrel

    1.2 Silene dioica Red Campion

    0.2 Silene flos-cuculi - (Lychnis flos-cuculi) Ragged Robin

    0.1 Trifolium pratense Wild Red Clover

    Grasses

    % Latin name Common name

    8 Agrostis capillaris Common Bent

    40 Cynosurus cristatus Crested Dogstail

    28 Festuca rubra Slender-creeping Red-fescue

    4 Phleum bertolonii Smaller Cat's-tail

    80

    Sowing Rates

    kg/ha kg/acre g/m2

    40 16 4

     

    Ground preparation

    Endeavour to select ground that is not highly fertile and does not have a problem with perennial weeds. Good preparation is essential to success so aim to control weeds and produce a good quality seed bed before sowing.

     

    To prepare a seed bed first remove weeds using repeated cultivation. Then plough or dig to bury the surface vegetation, harrow or rake to produce a medium tilth, and roll, or tread, to produce a firm surface.

     

    Seed is best sown in the autumn or spring but can be sown at other times of the year if there is sufficient warmth and moisture. The seed must be surface sown and can be applied by machine or broadcast by hand. To get an even distribution and avoid running out divide the seed into two or more parts and sow in overlapping sections. Do not incorporate or cover the seed, but firm in with a roll, or by treading, to give good soil/seed contact.

    First year management

    Most of the sown meadow species are perennial and will be slow to germinate and grow and will not usually flower in the first growing season. There will often be a flush of annual weeds from the soil in the first growing season. This weed growth is easily controlled by topping or mowing.

     

    Avoid cutting in the spring and early summer if the mixture is autumn sown and contains Yellow Rattle, or if the mixture has been sown with a nurse of cornfield annuals. These sown annuals should be allowed to flower, then in mid-summer cut and remove the vegetation. It is important to cut back the annuals before they die back, set seed and collapse: this cut will reveal the developing meadow mixture and give it the space it needs to develop.

     

    Management once established

    In the second and subsequent years sowings can be managed in a number of ways which, in association with soil fertility, will determine the character of the grassland. The best results are usually obtained by traditional meadow management based around a main summer hay cut in combination with autumn and possibly spring mowing or grazing.

     

    Meadow grassland is not cut or grazed from spring through to late July/August to give the sown species an opportunity to flower.  After flowering in July or August take a 'hay cut': cut back with a scythe, petrol strimmer or tractor mower to c 50mm. Leave the 'hay' to dry and shed seed for 1-7 days then remove from site.

     

    Mow or graze the re-growth through to late autumn/winter to c 50mm and again in spring if needed.

  • Wildflower & Herb (easy grow) Wildflower & Herb (easy grow)

    Wildflower & Herb (easy grow)

    from £3.50 - £75.00
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    Wildflower & Herb (easy grow)

    Wildflower & Herb (easy grow)

    £3.50

    Wildflower & Herb (Easy Grow)

    If you have a spot; a piece of land, a pot, a field and you want to know wildflowers will grow;

    buy this!

    Try mixing it with our other mixtures for increased diversity

    #1 bee friendly plants like borage, phacelia & clover are in this mixture 

    Don't forget pea plants, like sainfoin, field poppies and the blue daisy like flowers, chicory

    The bottles & jars make wonderful presents. 

    You only need a pinch of seed / metre squared

    Sizing

    Packet = 2 grams approx

    Small Bottle = 70cl

    Medium Bottle = 250cl

    Large Jar = 500cl

    X Large Jar = 1 litre

    1 kg Bag = 1kg

  • Wildflower Meadow Seed Wildflower Meadow Seed

    Wildflower Meadow Seed

    from £1.50 - £130.00
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    Wildflower Meadow Seed

    Wildflower Meadow Seed

    £1.50

    Create a Wild Flower Meadow !

    Our bees and pollinators need help

     

    Provided by the same seed suppliers HRH Prince of Wales uses,

    Per metre squared, you need 4 grams. if you'd like to bulk buy; get in touch!

    Perfect as a gift for another; to yourself; or to your garden and pollinators!

    Sew Autumn to Spring for best results.

    What's in the mix?

    % Latin name Common name
    0.5 Achillea Millifolium Yarrow
    4 Centurea Nigra Common Knapweed
    2.5 Galium Verum Lady's Bedstraw
    1 Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye Daisy
    0.5 Lotus corniculatus Birdsfoot Trefoil
    2 Plantago lanceolata Ribwort Plantain
    0.5 Plantago media Hoary Plantain
    0.2 Primula veris Cowslip
    2 Prunella vulgaris Selfheal
    4.2 Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup
    1.5 Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle
    1 Rumex acetosa Common Sorrel
    0.1 Trifolium pratense Wild Red Clover
    20

    Grasses

    % Latin name Common name
    8 Agrostis capillaris Common Bent
    40 Cynosurus cristatus Crested Dogstail
    28 Festuca rubra Slender-creeping Red-fescue
    4 Phleum bertolonii Smaller Cat's-tail
  • Wildflower Seed Packets Wildflower Seed Packets Quick View
    Wildflower Seed Packets

    Wildflower Seed Packets

    £3.50

    Choose between our most favoured mixes here, approx 4 grams in a packet, this is the perfect amount for a metre squared

    Cornfield Annuals

    Create a swathe of beautiful poppies, cornflowers, corn marigolds and corn chamomile

    This is an instant pop of colour, easy to grow

    But, remember, you need to cut it back at the end of each year, and scatter the seeds as otherwise they won't come back

    Woodland Mix

    This is a stunning, mixture, think fairy land

    Foxgloves, bluebells, wild garlic, primroses; it's perfection

    Many will take 2 years to flower from seed, think of it as an investment. The sooner you start the sooner you'll reap the rewards and all the wildlife will thank you

    This mixture likes full shade or close to it; it's unusual to find flowers which are happy in shade, but this is the mixture for you if you have it!

    Pollen and Nectar Meadow Mix

    Filled with beautiful wildflowers, some common, some not so

    26 different types to be precise, what grows will depend on you soil type

    See what thrives and get more of that if need be

    That is the beauty of a diverse sward!

    Wildflower & Herb (Easy Grow)

    If you have a spot; a piece of land, a pot, a field and you want to know wildflowers will grow;

    buy this!

    Try mixing it with our other mixtures for increased diversity

    #1 bee friendly plants like borage, phacelia & clover are in this mixture 

    Don't forget pea plants, like sainfoin, field poppies and the blue daisy like flowers, chicory

    These make perfect stocking fillers!

    Just the right amount for pots, or small borders!

  • Woodland Wildflowers Woodland Wildflowers

    Woodland Wildflowers

    from £3.50 - £550.00
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    Woodland Wildflowers

    Woodland Wildflowers

    £3.50

    Create a Wild Flower Meadow !

    Our bees and pollinators need help

    Provided by the same seed suppliers HRH Prince of Wales uses,

    Per metre squared, you need 4 grams. if you'd like to bulk buy; get in touch!

     

    Perfect as a gift for another; to yourself; or to your garden and pollinators!

    Sew Autumn to Spring for best results.

    What's in the mix?

    A good mixture of woodland wild flowers that will bloom in spring and early summer. Woodland wild flowers require some shade to t!hrive. So, use this mixture in established woods, or in young woodland as the canopy begins to close in.

    Wild Flowers

    15 Alliaria petiolata 
    Garlic Mustard

     5  Allium ursinum Ramsons

    6  Betonica officinalis - (Stachys officinalis)  Betony

    5 Digitalis purpurea  Foxglove

    10 Filipendula ulmaria  Meadowsweet

     5 Galium album - (Galium mollugo) Hedge Bedstraw

    15 Geum urbanum Wood Avens

    13 Hyacinthoides non-scripta  Bluebell

     2 Hypericum hirsutum Hairy St John's-wort
    1 Primula vulgaris 
    Primrose

    5 Prunella vulgaris Selfheal

    7 Silene dioica Red Campion
    1 Silene flos-cuculi - (Lychnis flos-cuculi) 
    Ragged Robin

    5 Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort
    5 Teucrium scorodonia 
    Wood Sage

    100
    Sowing Rates
    kg/ha kg/acre g/m2
    5           6         1.5

    A complete mix composed of 20% native wild flowers and 80% slow growing grasses and is suitable for sowing in moderately developed shade. In deep established shade grasses do not thrive and only the wild flowers need to be sown.

     

    Growing guide


    Endeavour to select ground that is not highly fertile and does not have a problem with perennial weeds such as bramble, ivy, nettles or bracken. Before sowing the ground should have at least 50% gaps including bare soil, leaf litter or moss. These conditions are quite likely to already exist in established woodland with no further preparation required. If not, carefully clear any unwanted vegetation from the areas to be sown and open up gaps. Cultivation close to established trees and shrubs can be damaging to their root systems so take care not to dig too deep and keep disturbance to the minimum required to expose some fresh soil. Dense plantations of trees with light levels 15% or less of full sun may benefit from some selective thinning or coppicing to let in enough light for successful seedling growth.

    Sowing
    Seed is best sown in the autumn or early spring. The seed must be surface sown and is best broadcast by hand or with a seed distributor. Bulk up the seed with an inert carrier (eg sand or compost) if needed to help spread the seed evenly and sparingly. Where ground conditions are variable it can makes sense to target seed application in the best patches rather than distribute the seed evenly across the whole area. Do not incorporate or cover the seed after sowing.

    Aftercare
    Established woodland that has been under-sown with a woodland mixture requires little management during establishment. In the long-term ground flora will benefit from good tree and coppice management.

    Open or young woodland with higher light levels will produce more growth. In these conditions an annual cut mid summer may be worthwhile for a more managed appearance and to keep weeds of semi-shade such as nettles and brambles in check.

    A mixture containing 100% native wild flowers for sowing in established woodland shade. In new woodland plantations shade levels will take 5 years or more to develop. During this time it may be necessary to sow some grasses with the flowers to provide ground cover to suppress weeds until shade develops.

     

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