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Scatter Wild Flower Seeds

30 Days Wild 2018 Challenge June : Wildlife Blog.

Two years ago, the Random Acts of Wildness wildlife mission was to find a blue flower.

There were many wildflowers and weeds to select, including : green alkanet, cornflower, lavender and bluebells. There were also the blue forget-me-nots and tiny blue and white speedwell, purple blue aquilegia, pink blue cyclamen and mauve blue foxgloves.

And a whole host of other wildflowers and weeds of different colours!

But once this time of year has passed, when everything starts growing at a tremendous rate, the strong growth of wild grasses can take over the wildflowers and prevent them from serving the garden well with colour, and attracting a range of wildlife, over the months ahead.

Unmanaged wildflower gardens and small garden meadows can present similar problems to unmanaged grass verges; whilst it is great to encourage wildflowers and grasses to grow, eventually the stronger grasses might take over and suppress the wider range of wildflowers.

So wildflowers, although they will have a go at growing wherever they can, need a little support to prevent the more dominant weeds and grasses from taking hold.

Wildflower and wild grasses for a wildlife garden. 30 Days Nature Challenge Blog. The Wildlife Trusts' Random Acts of Wildness. Kent. Surrey, Sussex. London.
Wild Grasses

30 Days Wild nature blog about wildflowers and wildlife.

Throwing a seed-bomb or scattering wild flower seeds can bring a splash of colour and encourage wildflowers to grow in an otherwise sparse environment but, as wildlife has evolved alongside wildflowers and grasses, it is worth also investigating the relationship between wildflowers and wildlife in the local area and encouraging naturally growing species to grow in the garden, extending the local ecological areas.

One beneficial wildflower is yellow rattle, which suppresses the growth of grasses by leeching the nutrients from their roots. Small native trees, including fruit trees, and shrubs can also be planted to support wildlife.

There are times when to cut wildflower patches and when not to; leaving it until late summer will give time for the plants to settle and grow and allow seeds to disperse but cutting earlier may be necessary to reduce unwanted, invasive grasses and weeds.

More on this later.

For the #30dayswild post in 2016, Nature Challenge : Find a Blue Flower, click here.

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