Conclusions on my wildflower patch

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I adore the changing of the seasons. And I love every season for the different delights each one brings us. Thanks to a fairly mild autumn the flowers in my wildflower patch have only just finished. I enjoy seeing nature go to sleep, the leaves falling from the trees, the bare branches, the dead looking plants – because you know they are just getting ready to rest and recover so they can burst forth again in a few months time.

As a newbie to this outdoor life, I find it funny and yes – frustrating, how you can plan to do one thing but find Mother Nature has different ideas. I mentioned in my last blog how I had spent a long time on my wildflower patch. I dug, I scattered, I watered and I kept a vigil for ants and slugs – both of which found my efforts rather tasty. And in all honesty, I also got despondent, the patch did not materialise for a long time and when it did, it didn’t look as I thought it would.

I wasn’t sure whether the flowers that eventually did appear were ones from the seed packets or ones which Mother Nature put there herself. But some did come up. Yes, they were mainly blue or purple, not many lovely pinks or reds, but did it really matter? The insects didn’t care one iota whether the wildflowers came from seeds I’d scattered or what would have grown anyway if we didn’t mow.

They also didn’t care what they looked like. Because whenever I went up to my patch there was a hive of activity. An unmistakable hum. The insects were having an absolute feast. Yes, it didn’t look exactly as I wanted, but that wasn’t really the point. The point was to feed the insects and that is exactly what I did.

So, will I do it again? It was hard work, yes, and there are so many other things to be tending to in the garden we have. Initially I said this was going to be an experiment, a pilot, which I’d then grow year by year. I had visions of a wildflower meadow swaying in the breeze. I got caught up in the romance of it all without thinking of the practicalities.

Still, despite the work, the answer is yes, I’ll definitely do it again. I loved seeing the insects buzzing around something I’d grown. But I’ll do it differently. I’ve learnt so much this year and I plan to use that knowledge next year and the years following. It is time for me to take a leaf from the trees’ book and rest, recuperate and reflect. Ideally though, I’ll be doing it inside in front of a roaring log fire with a glass of wine whilst reading through gardening books and blogs along with plant and seed catalogues.

Thanks for reading,