Three years ago, I got permission at work to both have a large section of uncut verge, and also to create two small wildflower meadows, so called pictorial meadows.
Myself and several colleagues dug out the grass, seeded the meadows, watered them over, and then waited for three years while nothing happened. Zero. Rien. Nada.
Finally, this year, there have been stirrings. First up, a few birds foot trefoil, which gradually thickened into a carpet. Then a few ox-eye daisies, then a few more.
Today, I noticed knapweed for the first time, and the red tailed bumblebees had noticed it too. A lovely common blue was the first butterfly I'd seen feeding there.
It's not amazing, but it is something. And the bees are loving it.
I did a good thing.
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That is wonderful! You must be so proud. I have stopped being cross at the weeds we have. The insects love em.ReplyDelete
Pure Butterfly images, and I love them all.ReplyDelete
Bravo!!!Would that some across this good earth begin doing that, too.-MaryReplyDelete
Well worth the effort and waiting time. Can't say I ever managed to spot a male Thick Legged Flower Beetle (last photo). They are said to be common in the South and South East of the country.ReplyDelete
Co-incidentally they local community wood here was seeded with wild flowers about three years ago and has also chosen this year to put forth a few modest blooms - including some where no seeds were planted!ReplyDelete
That's wonderful, well done. Lovely photos... I love seeing a patch of wildflowers.ReplyDelete
Well done Si, this is brilliant 👏👏ReplyDelete
I'm pleased and I hope that seeding from live plants will enable these small areas to thrive year on yearReplyDelete
Well done - it is brilliant and looks so lovely and great for insects :)ReplyDelete