Sadly (as it turned out), our decision to take on this crazy scheme, took place in March time which was, according to the various seed packets we’d invested in, the correct time to sow but turned out to be less than optimal. More on when may have been a more suitable time below. In the meantime I’ll describe our efforts and the less than amazing results and explain why we’re trying again this year.
Looking for advice on growing a wildflower meadow at home can be a slightly frustrating activity. Show me any garden, wildlife and lifestyle magazine and I will find you a headline appealing to you to grow wildflowers that will provide pollen, seeds and shelter for insects and birds especially — all good so far. Turn to the page that features a examples for you to follow, however, and you may be daunted by the pictures of field-size back gardens and paddocks, expertly sown to provide swathes of lovely flowers. You may wonder how on earth growing such an acreage of meadow could possibly be applied to your little patch of land.
Further unhelpful advice to simply let your lawn grow long and see what comes up will, if followed, lead to a brief display of lovely grass heads with maybe a bit of clover and/or buttercups that is rapidly turned to a tangled green mat when squashed down by wind, rain and marauding cats — that’s my experience anyhow. I’m not against growing grass long, by the way, as it will increase the diversity of plants, insects and birds in your garden. However, if , like me, you want more of a meadow than a mush, you’ll be pleased to know that success should be very achievable, even on the smallest patch of land — just start the process in autumn rather than spring.