I would like to have a wild flower area in my garden this year. Has anyone got any advice or experience to share?
I have saved some common poppy seed from last year so that's a start.
I have just planted up a wild flower area in my lawn.I collected seed's from local wild flower's or you can just by wild flower mix but try to get them from a reputable source.If you are sowing the seed direct clear the area and rake the surface of the soil,I use a twig to make curved lines and sow the seed in the then rake over firm and water.If you wanting to plant in a lawn then it is best to grow the seeds in a seed tray,prick them out into 3in pots in late spring ,water in summer then plant out in late autumn this is how I have done my lawn.There is a company called Chiltern seeds in Devon who do a large range of wild locally sourced seeds. I have found that you get better results sowing into seed trays and you get a much stronger plant.
Hope this help's
Thanks, I'll do that. Which plants have you collected seed from?
I have collected Sneezewort(Achillea ptarmica),Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare),Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia),Devils bit scabious (Succisa pratensis ),Wild teasel (Dipsacus fullonum),Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis),Common Valerian (Valeriana officinalis),Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus),Bugle (Ajuga reptans),Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris),Wood forget-me-not's (Myosotis sylvatica)Campion red and white (Silene )
I collect them about a month after flowering and cut the flower stem off tap it a few times into an old paper envelope and seeds will drop out the paper stop's them rotting,seal bag put in cool dry place and sow in the spring.
I also have taken cuttings from wild rose,willow,tree mallow,spindle.It is more satisfying when you have collected the seed yourself plus the packet mixes sometimes have non native species in them.
wow, that's a lot! Do you allow them to self-seed each year or do you collect the seed and store indoors over the winter?
I have allowed everything to self seed, the only ones that I pot up after self seeding are the foxgloves,teasel and mullein as there bi-annual and rather large plants so I prefer to have them at the back of the borders.I have built up my collection over 10 years so don't worry just do a bit at a time.
I started one about six years ago .I have a bloghttp://ayearinanangleseywildflowermeadow.blogspot.co.uk/
where I Try to identify everything that flowers. if you contact me via the blog ,I'll help if I can I may even have seeds to share at the back end of the years if it ever stops raining