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So many wild flowers start to flower this month that it would be impossible to list them all! The Cornfield Annuals (Field Poppy, Cornflower, Corncockle, Corn Chamomile & Corn Marigold) begin and will continue to flower all summer long with many other wild flowers in fields, hedgerows and woods.
Most of the flowers from last month will continue this month although Primroses, Oxlips, Bluebells, Cuckoo Pint and Snakeshead Fritillaries will be finishing as the month draws on.
Ramsons, Wild Daffodils, Lesser Celandines, Bluebells, Snakeshead Fritillaries, Snowflakes and Wood Anemones will be available 'In the Green' in late January along with many other native bulbs. Dry bulbs will be available later in the summer although there will be a facility on our web pages to pre-order them in July. Click here to look at our Native Bulb Pages for more details.
Meadow Mixes for creating a Wild Flower Meadow can still be sown early this month as long as the seeds/seedlings aren't allowed to dry out. Meadow mixes can be sown in the autumn (August to October) or Spring (February to May), but on heavy clay soils it is be best to sow in Spring as water-logging may cause some seed/seedlings to rot during the Winter.
Flower Seeds which are best sown in Spring can be still be sown
early this month. Some wild flower seeds will
germinate easily, but others can take longer. This is one of the
most economic and easiest ways to establish wild flowers in your garden. Try one of our
Late Spring/early Summer is usually considered the best time to establish Pond Marginal plants when the water temperature is rising - they will establish more quickly and successfully then. For more information on creating a native Wildlife Pond, click here.
Warmer weather can lead to a growth of algae and blanket weed in your pond as the temperature of the water starts to rise and before the other plants in the pond have re-established after the Winter. It will usually clear up within a few weeks, but if not, barley straw can be used to inhibit the growth of algae while the pond finds a natural balance – see our Pond Pads which are made from barley straw and release natural compounds which inhibit the growth of algae in the pond water for about six months giving the pond a chance to establish a balance. For more information on Algae & Blanket Weed Control, click here.
Here are some May Wild Flowers that we currently stock seeds, plug plants or bulbs for. Click on the photograph to buy seeds and where plugs are also available they will be indicated on the seed catalogue pages.
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