Rosebay Willowherb

Rosebay Willowherb lines the lane,
the majestic red flower heads
turning to fluffy white beards,
ready to blow on the wind
and spread their seeds
as the year turns.

Wild Flower Meadow

I had a busy day yesterday hence no time to post here. What was I doing? Well further to last week’s post, which you can read here, about the bee hive arriving at our field and my plans to create a wildflower meadow for their benefit and that of other species too, I ordered some wildflower meadow mix online which arrived on Saturday. Although sewing is best in the spring or autumn with the infilling method I am using sewing at any time is possible, so yesterday was spent preparing the site and sewing the seeds.

You will recall that I mentioned I would start with just the bare area where a shipping container used for storage had stood. Our soil at the field is clay and the removal of the container had left a hard packed, dry and cracked surface:

 

Field Bare Patch

This patch is next to another container which is still in situ and likely to be for some time yet. When that is also removed we will also be reseeding this area with the same mix. It was quite hard work breaking up all the clay clumps and we were glad of the volunteered help from a friend. Once we had a reasonable surface broken down, with the help of a little strategic dampening of the ground, I was able to broadcast the seed.

Perpared patch

I had only got some of the seed sewn when I ran out. I had obviously underestimated the amount needed. When I say ran out I mean of the seed we had taken up there – I had left half of it at home, so it was back home for lunch and then I went up to the field to finish the job on my own. Unfortunately when I got there I found that I had forgotten to pick up the seed so had to return the home yet again for the seed! By then it had turned into a hot day and so by the time I had finished I was really sweating.

While I was at it I took the opportunity to also sew some of the seed on a second small bare patch beside the fence where an old railway sleeper (now on top of the stack pictured) had lain for some time. Then I gently watered them all in. I was rather pleased that we also had some gentle rain during the night.

As I was packing up to go home the bee keeper turned up to check his bees and to start the process of slow transition into the permanent hive by inserting the first proper layer underneath the nook hive. I left him to it as I wanted to get home to watch Johanna Konta, the last British tennis player standing at Wimbledon, progress to the quarter finals.

It is going to be next spring before we can hope to see the results of our labours but I can’t wait. I shall be monitoring the sight carefully, especially during dry periods in order to prevent the clay from drying and cracking up again, so that the seeds have a good chance to get hold. Once I am sure this project is going to be successful I will see about creating patches a bit at a time in the existing grassland to reseed with wildflower mix and gradually transform the fenced off area of the field into a wildflower meadow – at least that’s the plan!

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Green Fingers

I love a tidy garden.
Mine always looks a mess;
I haven’t got green fingers
nor take the time I guess.
Oh, the plants are thriving
but so are all the weeds,
can’t bring myself to pull them up
until they’ve spread their seeds.
Their flowers are so pretty
I leave them all too long
and next year twice as many
will round my garden throng!

Chaffinch

Chaffinch feeds her young,
busy foraging for seeds
spilled from the feeders.

Ah Me! — A Whimsy

I mourn the sun
for it has gone,
cloud covers all again.
I’d wished to get
some gardening done
but it looks like to rain.
I’ve seeds to sew
and plants to plant,
weeds to pull as well.
Will I get it done today?
Ah me! — I cannot tell.

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