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Our meadow flowers from late April to October. It attracts a wide range of insects and invertebrates. Bees in particular love it.

To keep the flowers from being overwhelmed by common grass, the soil has to have few nutrients – we ensure this by cutting the meadow only once, in Autumn. We cut it in the traditional way, using scythes, and rake all the grass up, stopping it from providing more nutrients in the soil next year. In 2008, 2010 and every year until this year (2015), we have all built a big haystack using the meadow grass (see here.)

A picture of the meadow in 2015 is here:

Meadow 2015

 

Flowers and grasses found in the Nursery Row Park Wildflower Meadow in 2010 included:

· Greater Knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa)
· Chickory (Cichorium intybus)
· Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
· Common toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)
· Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris)
· Great mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
· Comphrey (Symphytum × uplandicum)
· Lady’s bedstraw (Galium verum)
· Kingsweed
· Birds-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
· Wood millet (Milium effusum)
· Wild barley (Hordeum)
· Kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)
· Wild mignonette (Reseda lutea)
· Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

 

Scything the meadow in Autumn The meadow in May Meadow-flowers-postcard-names Meadow flowers postcard