If you follow any of the Bee people on twitter, facebook or carrier pidgeon you will know that there is a push to bring back meadows and areas for native wildflowers to naturalise. Well… I wanted to do my bit but I had a huge problem. We live in a rented house and our landlord is quite snippy about *ahem*… “unkempt” gardens.
I have had a couple of letters now from them when I tried to allow the grass to grow a little. Having said that I also got one off them even though my garden was looking very nice, thank-you-so-very-much… I wouldn’t mind so much but my neighbours never got them, just me. >.>
*deep breath* Anyway… Moving on…
So two weeks ago I had a bright idea… Why not just allow a PATCH of grass to grow and mow all the rest? This way I can get some nice flowers, let the bees and insects have their bit and, if it goes to plan, then I will also NOT get in trouble because while I do have a wild area the rest of the garden is well kept and neat and won’t look too far out of place.
It may well be that our landlord will get upset about it, but they may also understand. We shall see.
The area is only about 15 x 8 ft, so not huge. And while I have left it fairly late for this year I think I could still do some good with having simply longer grass. Next year, if I don’t get a nasty letter, I may scrape off the top and scatter wildflower seed. I don’t want to dig deep because that area has crocuses under there. That was the reason I chose that area. Having Crocus means I have to let that area grow long so the crocus have time to put some energy back into the bulb after the blooms have faded.
Or… If it turns out that simply letting the grass grow is a bad idea I can mow it all down, throw some thick sheeting on it and kill it off that way (No chemicals). This won’t harm the bulbs and I will be able to scatter wildflower seed very early next year.
BTW… If anyone can recommend a good vendor for native UK wildflower seed?