Ireland has lost 90% of its species rich meadows. Wild flower meadows provide shelter and food for important pollinators including bees, as well as giving our honey its distinctive taste and providing a colourful display from late May until September.
WHAT SEEDS TO EXPECT WITHIN
Corn Cockle, Crimson Clover, Corn Flower, Corn Marigold, Paper Daisy, Night Flowering Catchfly, Corn Poppy, Phacelia, Corn Chamomile, Borage, Pheasants Eye, Painted Daisy, Chrysanthemum, Dwarf Morning Glory, Forget-Me-Not, California Poppy, Fineflower, Farewell-to-Spring, Baby’s Breath, Candytuft, Love-in-a-Mist, Corn Poppy, Sunflowers
SOWING AND GROWING
Create a weed free soil on well-prepared firm ground. Create a firm ‘seed bed’ and with a rake, create a crumbly layer of soil across the surface. The seedlings will then be able to send out their tiny roots to find food and moisture. Sow the seeds by hand. The contents of this envelope should cover approximately 1m2. Wildflower seed germinates due to sunlight, the deeper you bury it the less chance of successful germination, however birds often eats the seeds if left on the soil surface.
To achieve the best results, rake the soil very lightly to cover the seeds with no more than 3mm of fine soil. You can sow all year around as long as the weather is mild and some rain is due. Germination will be slower if the weather is dry or cold. Never let the seeds dry out. Be patient, and before long you will have a beautiful array of wildflower and will be doing your bit to re-establish native flora.