With 48+ species, this mix is designed to give a good ground cover and display from May to October. It is made up of the varieties which are found naturally on the meadows at Goren Farm and designed to be sown into existing grass or into a newly prepared seed bed.
These species are mainly perennials and will take between 1 and 4 years to establish or flower. The difference between this mix and the straight wild flower mix is that it does not contain any corn field annuals which will not grow well if sown into an existing grass sward. can be sown at any time but best results will be late summer(August-November) or early spring (March-May). Importantly this mix contains a good proportion of yellow rattle seed which will assist the flowers to get established in early summer by reducing the vigour of the grasses.
Contains 36+ 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. Meadow Vetchling. Common & Bush vetch, Ladys bedstraw, Black Medic, Selfheal, Betony, Cowslip, Wild Carrot, Meadow Cranesbill, Yarrow. Goats beard, Tormentil, Ox-eye Daisy, Smooth hawk weed, corn poppy. + Micro seeding, 1%: Perforated leaf st John's wort, Devil's Bit Scabious, Ragged Robin, Evening Primrose, Snakeshead Fritillary. Campion,Cow Parsley, Small quantities added to the mix to promote biodiversity through natural reseeding over time.
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.
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. 0.1-1g/m2 or 1.6kg/acre.
NB. rates can be varied to account for local conditions, bare seedbed and well dry soils may benefit from higher seed rates.
recommended additional species, vipers bugloss, Sainfoin can be ordered separately, corky fruited water dropwort is suggested for sites within its geographic distribution, east Devon, Somerset, Hampshire Wiltshire or if it occurs locally.
General growth height 30-60cm.
NB. sowing rates can be varied to account for local conditions, bare seedbed and well dry soils may benefit from higher seed rates.