The Wildflower Meadow
Wildflower Meadow - buttercups in May
Wild Flower Meadow - Ox-eye Daisies
The wildflower meadow planted in 1994 lies at the bottom of the garden and was first sown with native grasses and a few random areas of wild flowers it was hoped would spread. In the first few years the grasses became too dominant and suppressed the wild flowers. In 1998 2kg of yellow rattle were sown, the seed harvested and re-sown until it spread over the entire meadow. Yellow rattle is parasitic on grass which has enabled the wildflowers to thrive.
Meadow Buttercups & Ox-Eye Daisies
BBC 'identity clip'
It was used by the BBC to film one of their identity clips. The first flush of colour in early June comes from flowers such as Ox-Eye Daisies, Meadow Crane's Bill, Ragged Robin, Common Vetch and Yellow Rattle. This is followed in July by Knapweed, Field Scabious, Birds-foot Trefoil, Wild Carrot, Yarrow and Lady's Bedstraw. The Meadow is cut for hay in late July and grazed by sheep through the autumn.
Turning the Hay
Sheep in the meadow
It has established itself with remarkable speed, and with the aid of a few new species planted as plugs grown in the nursery, it becomes more diverse each year. Many butterflies, moths and other insects such as those pictured below have benefited from the project. There is a meandering path through the meadow, enabling visitors to walk amongst the flowers.
Wildflower Meadow Panorama
Six Spot Burnet Moth
Common Blue Butterfly