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Mini-Orchard Wildflower Meadow (plans)

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The weather has kept me indoors like most of us. And that’s always a dangerous place for me to be because that’s when the cogs start turning and plans start being made.

Now, I have a mini-orchard. It contains four Apple Trees. Is that enough for a mini-orchard? Well it is for me! And mowing around these trees is a pain.

I also have a wildflower edge under the hedge which is coming along beautifully and is beginning to merge in to the lawn now. The plan is to leave the edge unmowed and strim it in the autumn time. I sowed it with wildflowers and nursery grasses, and added a few Heuchera and golden Marjoram for winter colour.

So, my plan is to remove the turf form around the mini-orchard and sow more of the same in this area to create a wildflower meadow. I’ll update you as it progresses. :))

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Great idea. I bet you've read up about creating a meadow, and know all about the benefits of Yellow Rattle?! I wish you luck, and if you'd like any seed from my Cowslips, Red Campion, or Ox-Eye Daisies, just say the word :)

2 Jun, 2015

 

Sounds a good plan Karen. I couldnt live me my meadow, although I didnt remove the turf so cutting it all down in the autumn and raking it up was hard work, too much grass involved. Sheila, I added Yellow Rattle but didnt give it chance to work its magic. I think if you have just wild flowers, the task is obviously much easier. I couldnt live with it looking scruffy either, but that's probaby just me and of course you have to let the flowers finish and seed down. Alan Titchmarsh has an amazing meadow at his home, I have his book. There is nothing more beautiful that a wild flower meadow.

2 Jun, 2015

 

Sheila..what a great offer! Thank you! :)

2 Jun, 2015

 

Dawn...i agree. Wildflowers are beautiful, and so beneficial for nature too.

2 Jun, 2015

 

Dawn - I was the same - the Yellow Rattle (seeds sent to me by Pimpernel, remember him?) didn't work here either. The soil where my wild patch is, is probably a bit too rich, but I do enjoy seeing what comes up each year!

3 Jun, 2015

 

Growing wild flowers is lovely, although in my patch what establishes is only the stuff that is really happy - some won't take no matter how many times I sow. Mind you, like Dawn and Sheila, I found the long established grass obviously made it very difficult for new introductions, though year by year more varieties are growing. You'll find it much better by taking up the grass, I'm sure.

3 Jun, 2015

 

Sounds like A super plan 😀

3 Jun, 2015

 

Thanks everyone! I shan't worry about what kind of wildflowers will grow. I shall lift the turf, add some sand to get the nutriments down a little, and sow the seed thats available with the nursery grasses in. Its worked fine under the hedge. Even if I only get really common flowers I'll be happy!

Steve......that mower was almost a give-away! Plus the trees were already in situ before It came...plus 'beauty before practicality' has always been my motto! And if women had more power, the world would be a much prettier place to live! ;)

3 Jun, 2015

 

Lol...dont worry Steve...i know when I'm having my leg pulled by you! :)) thanks..pond is doing well. Just can't wait for froggy friends. Still having trouble with a few bald patches on the turf seats. In fact I shall be sowing yet more grass seed today.

3 Jun, 2015

 

Wild flowers in an orchard, sounds perfect to me, a lovely plan!

3 Jun, 2015

 

Nice plan, Karen and , let's face it, as the trees grow bigger, the lawn would die off, probably so a good idea!

5 Jun, 2015

 

Hang some bird feeders from the trees and let nature and the birds do it for you Karen...

9 Jun, 2015

 

Its an idea LL!

9 Jun, 2015

 

Would you believe I now have a tree growing in my patio wall, the only place it could possibly have come from is the feeders that hang above, I keep meaning to take a photo of it and of course I will also have to dig it out and find it another home, I know you won't want a tree but you do get some very weird and wonderful weeds/plants.....

9 Jun, 2015

 

Lol! I'm gonna leave it till the autumn LL, best to do it in spring or autumn when you dont need to water the seed every single day! Maybe september time.

10 Jun, 2015

 

I drove past my old front garden today Karen and my lawn is now a wild flower meadow....well, it's wild anyway!! It's been cut once this year.

10 Jun, 2015

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