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Meadow for Birds

Your garden will become a wild and free aviary with this mix of 18 perennials including Perennial Flax, Wallflower, Lunaria, Soapwort, Alpine Forget-Me-Not, Silene plus many more. More
6g seed, plus buckwheat husks, to cover 3m x 1m or equivalent area. 120188-6G £4.50

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One of my new obsessions is sowing and growing and then leaving the plants garden birds love, to run to seed for them to feast on. Your garden will become a wild and free aviary, a truly marvellous thing.

A mix of 18 different species including Perennial Flax, Wallflower, Lunaria, Soapwort, Alpine Forget-Me-Not, Silene plus many more.

Type Hardy Annual, Hardy Biennial, Hardy Perennial
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 80cm (32in)
Spacing 6g seed, plus buckwheat husks, to cover 3m x 1m or equivalent area.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Choose an area in a sunny spot, with well-drained soil. Clear area of any weeds and vigorous grasses, dig over if necessary and rake soil to form a fine seed bed in to which seeds will readily germinate. Shake the bag of seeds to mix well, the buckwheat husks help to disperse the seed evenly. Mark out several rows in a 30cm (12in) grid. Scatter the seed onto the surface and cover the seed with a layer of coarse sand, pressing the sand lightly, so the seeds will not blow away. The sand helps to distinguish the weeds from the flowers. If you think your soil might have weeds seeds in it, mulch deeply between the rows you have sown. Water with a fine spray to avoid disturbing the surface of the soil. Germination rates of various species will differ, some biennial/perennial varieties may not germinate until the following year.
Care Tips Keep an eye out for weeds, and remove anything appearing between your marked lines, but otherwise just leave the meadow to get on with it - no thinning, no staking. Remove any weeds as they appear. An annual cut is recommended in late winter/early spring to let light in and encourage self-sowing.
Flowering Early sowings will flower from June onwards, autumn sowings will flower from the following April.
Harvesting Flower production: 3-4 months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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