The beautiful wild flower meadows in the Olympic Park have been mentioned a lot this week. They have taken years to perfect to ensure they flower both during the Olympics and the Paralympics and look absolutely stunning. What’s more they are the UK’s largest ever man-made wildflower meadows. Traditionally large areas of landscaping are mostly sown with grass, so it’s great to see planting which is incredibly diverse and really good for wildlife such as pollinators, and birds who eat the seed heads.
You can sow your own wild flower meadow and August or September are the best months to do it. You need to prepare the soil in advance by weeding and cultivating it, and then can sow by hand or using a lawn seed spreader for larger areas.
The Johnsons Country Meadow mix contains native species including Birdsfoot Trefoil, Black Medick, Black Knapweed, Common Vetch, Meadow Buttercup, Oxeye Daisy, Ribwort Plantain, White Campion, White Clover, Self Heal, Yarrow, Musk Mallow and Red Campion. It also contains the grasses Browntop Bent, Crested Dogstail, Meadow Fescue, Red Fescue, Smooth Stalk Meadow Grass and Yorkshire Fog. Together this mix will attract wildlife and look beautiful next year.
You don’t have to have a large park to create a splash – you can sow wild flower mixes even in very small gardens. For example you could sow a strip at the edge of your lawn, or in a wild area.