Last Autumn the grass verge outside my house was dug up to lay a pipe, they didn’t seed it very well so as we look after it we decided to sow wildflower seeds. We chose a seed mix from Boston Seeds for bees and butterflies.
At first we thought the seeds weren’t germinating, we had a lot of heavy rain so we thought they had been washed away. We bought more seeds and sowed again, this time I scattered some of the seed and put some seed in trays of compost then pricked out into plugs as a back up plan.
One day I went to see how the plants were doing on the verge and much to my surprise a lot had germinated , the transplanted plug plants have been slow to grow since they were put in. I put some in planters so I can harvest the seeds and add them to the border later in the year.
The most prolific plant is borage, the bees absolutely love it.
Now the poppies and cornflowers are out, and there are some lovely grass seed heads too. The first corn cockle is flowering today.
Yesterday I spotted a lady with a camera taking photos and a couple complimented me on the border. I went out to see how it was looking and I could see what the fuss was all about. I hope other people in my village turn their verges over to wildflowers and wildlife, just imagine how that would look.