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BUMBLEBEE FORAGE MEADOW
For a complete list of the flower species in this meadow mixture, please open the MIX tab below.
Buy 3 with 5% discount each
Buy 5 with 10% discount each
Buy 10 with 15% discount each
Buy 20 with 20% discount each
All Seed mixtures containing wildflower seeds include 20% VAT.
Contents ( 1.00 kg )
- 20% SHEEPS FESCUE festuca ovina
- 16% DOGSTAIL cynosurus cristatus
- 16% FINE FESCUE festuca rubra litoralis
- 8% MEADOWGRASS poa pratensis
- 8% CATSTAIL phleum pratense bertolonii
- 8% CHEWINGS FESCUE festuca commutata
- 4% BENTGRASS agrostis capillaris
- 20% BUMBLEBEE WILDFLOWER SEEDS mix WFBU
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Before the introduction of intensive farming, the use of heavy machinery and herbicide, our farmland was a more diverse landscape with many summer flowering weeds, legumes and specialised local crops. Sainfoin for example was only grown on the Cotswold Hills and Hampshire Downs providing a high protein feed for hard working horses and a rich pollen and nectar source for the foraging Bumblebee.
The flower of Sainfoin is well documented to have attracted bumblebees ‘with great excitement’. Borage is another crop long gone from our working countryside and although white (and to a lesser extent red) clover has made a certain resurgence in use over recent years, it rarely has the opportunity to flower before being cut for silage or grazed by intensively farmed animals. Again, cornfield annuals have all but disappeared from the sterile cereal crops cultivated for the ultimate yields of commercial cereal production.
So these bygone flowers are of our great grandfathers days, our mostly forgotten heritage and maybe the somewhat overlooked actual source of pollen and nectar our struggling bumblebee and butterfly populations are really missing from their modern habitats.
Bumblebee Forage Meadow provides a real alternative or an additional economy option to the usual 100% Native Wildflower Meadow requirement attached to environmental schemes and building projects.
Sow into a well prepared seedbed in spring to late summer.
2 to 10 grams per square metre
BEST SOWING TIMES
Mid spring to Early autumn
1.00kg covers 100 to 200 square metres
- Produce a firm, weed free seedbed clear of large stones and any other debris.
- Rake or harrow over the surface to create a thin layer of fine soil (tilth) approximately 10-20mm deep.
- Split the total quantity of amenity grass seed to be applied into two equal amounts.
- Apply the first half over the entire area either by hand or by using a broadcast spreader.
- Gently work most of the applied seeds into the tilth with a firm rake or harrow.
- Apply the remaining seed in the same way and again, rake or harrow most of them into the tilth.
- Finally, lightly tread over or roll the surface to squeeze the seeds and tilth down into the seedbed. This method ensures the wildflower seeds are evenly spread, set at different depths and in good contact with the soil. All of which helps to anchor the seeds in position so as not to float away during heavy or persistant rainfall and to retain the correct moisture level for quicker germination.
- Wildflower meadow seeds may also be surface sown however, germination may be uneven and significantly slower particularly during periods of prolonged sunny, dry or windy weather even with regular irrigation.
The following native and agricultural flower species make up 20% of the seeds mixture listed above:
Vetch (vicia sativa)
Sainfoin (onobrychis viciifolia)
Borage (borago officinalis)
Corn Cockle (agrostemma githago)
Crimson Clover (trifolium incarnatum)
Field Poppy (papervar rhoeas)
Birdsfoot Trefoil (lotus corniculatus)
Yellow Trefoil (medicago lupulina)
Alfalfa (medicago sativia)
Corn Marigold (chrysanthemum segetum)
Alsike Clover (trifolium hybridum)
Phacelia (phacelia tanacetifolia)
Corn Chamomile (anthemis arvensis)
Cornflower (centaurea cyanus)
Red Clover (trifolium pratensis)
White Clover (trifolium repens)
Chicory (cicorium intybus)
Yarrow (achillea millefolium)
Burnet (sanguisorba minor)
Parsley (petroselium crispum)
Ox-eye Daisy (leucanthemum vulgare)
Rough Hawkbit (leontodon hispidus)
Knapweed (centaurea nigra)
White Campion (silene alba)
Red Campion (silene dioica)
Ladies Bedstraw (galium verum)
Self Heal (prunella vugaris)
Meadow Buttercup (ranunculus acris)
Common Sorrel (rumex acetosa)
Yellow Rattle (rhinanthus minor)
Wild Carrot (daucus carota)
Ribwort Plantain (plantago lanceolata)
Cowslip (primula veris)
Salad Burnet (sanuisorba minor)