Last year our verge was dug up to put a pipe in so we saw this as an opportunity to make it into a wild flower area, it was a real success, you can read about it here.
This year I’m keeping an eye on it to see what’s growing, I can see already that it will look different this year. There are the plants that have always been there, forget me nots, herb Robert, alkanet, dog mercury, buttercups, dandelions, docks, thistles etc. There are new plants I’ve not seen before, I think they are from the second batch of seeds that I sowed last year, including teasles, oxeye daisies and knapweed. There’s only one poppy this year and one corn marigold, but it’s interesting to see how it has changed from last year so please do look at my post using the link above. I was pleased to see red clover this year as you hardly ever see it these days and it’s a plant from my childhood, we used to suck nectar from the base of the florets.
I collected some of the seeds from last years plants and sowed them in spring but there’s little sign of any growth. There’s no sign of the viper’s bugloss, borage and cornflowers that were abundant last year.
This is how it’s looking right now, the teasles are doing well as are foxgloves and oxeye daisies. and we have mallow just starting to flower and yarrow to follow soon.
I am looking forward to seeing goldfinches feeding on the teasles later in the year.
I think the grasses have taken over preventing a lot of seeds germinating so next year we will clear some of the grass, sow yellow rattle ( which competes against the grass) and see what happens. It’s really quite exciting not knowing what will grow each year, and it’s lovely to see so many bees enjoying the flowers.