You may recall (and even care …) that last year we started the process of transforming a corner of the garden into a meadow area.
So far, it’s fair to say that this is something of a work in progress. In theory, according to the experts, making a wildflower meadow is simple enough: cut it once a year at around the same time, rake off as much of the vegetation as you can to reduce the fertility of the soil, repeat until you have a beautiful thriving flower-filled corner of your garden…
What they forget to mention is that raking is extremely hard work, especially if you live in a part of Scotland that is extremely enthusiastic about growing grass. You’re also going to draw a puzzled crowd who are baffled at the notion that anyone would want to get rid of some perfectly good grass.
Sadly, the yellow rattle I sowed last year didn’t emerge, and nor did many of the wildflower seeds I planted, although some speedwell, lady’s smock, buttercup and ribwort plantain did make an appearance of their own accord. Here’s how it was in June – still a bit heavy on the grass, but looking well enough for the first year
Buoyed by my success at transplanting wood anemones under the beech tree, my goal for next year is to get harebells flowering, which seem like a suitable accompaniment to our actual hares. They do grow around these parts but there are none actually in the garden so I’m cheating slightly by growing some from seed in modules to plant out (although given the first batch lasted precisely 24 hours before being munched by the slugs I’m not sure that will give me much of a head start).
One thing I have learned about gardening is that these little background projects always seem to take for ever and be going nowhere and then you look back over time and realise how far it’s come. So bear with me on this one, and watch this space.