I think we used to have something on the old site and I know we've had a few discussions about various 'bee-friendly' plants etc...Anyhoo, we didn't seem to have a gardening thread so I thought I'd start one.
We've got a big 'half-moon' bit of lawn on one side of the drive about 50 metres diameter and Mr LaT and I have been threatening for ages to plant a wildflower meadow in a strip of it, with a view to filling it all over the next few years if the strip 'takes'. We got around to prepping the ground and sowing it today (ideal day for it, it started raining just as we were finishing off the sowing).
There's a mixture of stuff, but it's supposed to be native British plants, so there's about 7 different grasses and 25 different wildflowers including:
corn poppy, cornflowers, cowslip, lady bedstraw, meadow vetchling, musk mallow, ox eye daisy, red campion, ragged robin, white campion, yellow rattle, common sorrel, yarrow, slender creeping red fescue, salad burnet, self heal, rough hawkbit, wild carrot, lesser knapweed, field scabious, common catsear, birdsfoot trefoil, sheeps fescue, chewings fescue, yellow oat grass, sweet vernal grass, crested dogstail, small scabious.
It's a mixture of annuals and perennials, with the annual poppies and daisies being dominant in year 1.
Fingers crossed it works out. I really hope it does, the pictures I've seen of others meadows are spectacular. The other great thing about these is they seem to thrive under crappy conditions and need no maintenance other than strimming back in the autumn....My kind of gardening!