This mix is designed to give a good ground cover and display from May to August and is made up of the varieties found naturally on the meadows at Goren Farm. It is designed to be sown into existing grass or into a newly prepared seedbed.
Importantly this mix contains corn field annuals which when sown on bare soil in spring will provide a good nurse crop for the perennials. It also has a good proportion of yellow rattle seed which if sown in autumn will assist the flowers to get established in early summer by reducing the vigour of the grasses. A spring sowing will not break the dormancy for these seeds and some of them will germinate the following srping.
Contains 38+mainly perennial species of flowers: 5% Yellow Rattle, Knapweed, Cat's-ear, Rough Hawkbit, Ribwort Plantain, Wild Red &White Clover, Meadow Bulbous Buttercup, Red Sorrel, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Common Spotted Orchid, Field Forget-me-not. Grass and Meadow Vetchling Common & Bush vetch, Lady's bedstraw, Black Medic, Selfheal, Pignut, Betony, Cowslip, Wild Carrot, Meadow Cranesbill, Yarrow. Goats beard, Tormentil, Ox-eye Daisy, Narrow leaf hawk weed, corn poppy. +Micro seeding, 1%: Perforated leaf st John's wort, corky fruited water dropwort, Devil's Bit Scabious, Ragged Robin, Musk Mallow Snakeshead Fritillary. Campion, speedwell germander, Small quantities added to the mix to promote biodiversity through natural reseeding over time. species in italics have been reduced due to shortage. *contains a small amount of grasses as harvested from our meadows<2%.
6 species of Corn Field Annuals :corn, poppy, flower, marigold, cockle, camomile: These species are best suited for sowing into a seed bed with no grass as they provided a cover or nurse crop for the perennial flowers in the first season. it is important to to sow the mix too thickly as they will have the opposite effect if over sown. As the grasses get established these species of corn field annuals will peter out.
No grasses added to this mix. please note: as this mix comes mainly from direct harvested seed mixes from our meadows a very small proportion of grasses may be present.
This is the Maximum Sowing rate and can be reduced 10 times if need be as the seeds will spread. However, some species will spread very rapidly such as Yellow Rattle whilst things like betony cowslip and orchids will take 5 years to start to spread prolifically.
1-2g/m2 or 5kg/acre.
NB. rates can be varied to account for local conditions, bare seedbed and dry soils may benefit from higher seed rates.
General growth height 30-60cm.
- If sowing into heavy grass you may prefer the premium+ mix which is the same without the corn field annuals.
- Maybe try a Margin mix in arears that suffer from vigorous grasses and can take a higher growth.