But not yet for a while. Any mowing will be done at the end of August, by which time the grass will be a lot longer and I’ll have had a lot more different flowers in my tiny meadow.
By asking Neil to run round the edge of the circular lawn twice with the mower and then two passes up the centre to make a path through to the gate by the pond, it makes it look as though it is meant to be like this and not just neglected, or that is the idea anyway.
Self heal, daisies and buttercup are the first flowers to appear.
Self heal gets its common name from its blood clotting properties, apparently carpenters and woodworkers always had it handy in the olden days in case they cut themselves.
A clearly defined path draws the eye up to the pond area but you can’t see the gate because of Crocosmia Lucifer.
Buttercups like our heavy damp clay, I have to try and stop them from creeping into the surrounding borders.
Yarrow has popped up with flowers very similar to Achillea, but very much smaller.
Not a very good photo of the clover that is in the lawn. This makes sure that it always stays green, even in the hot weather that we are having now. The bees love this plant.
The small spires of plantain are dotted everywhere.
There are tiny little white flowers in the lawn, common name ” eye bright”. I can’t find my wild flower book at the moment, so can’t give you the latin names of these wild flowers unfortunately. I believe that young maidens, in olden days, used to make a concoction from this plant to bathe their eyes, I presume to make themselves attractive to the young men!
We found in the past that when the grass grows longer, different butterflies come to the garden to lay their eggs. In the past we have had Meadow Browns and Ringlets. The eggs are laid on the grass stems and eventually the caterpillars eat the grass, which is fine by me, before they form a chrysalis. Long grass attracts more insects, which in turn attracts more birds and we have also seen bats swooping over the circle, hoovering up the insects.
Everything considered, by letting part of the lawn grow longer, brings another habitat into the garden which benefits wildlife. The one bit of wildlife which I don’t welcome into my little mini meadow is the mole that is wreaking havoc by sending up large molehills still. Every morning I clear away between 3 and 8 molehills as the mole searches deeper for the worms.
Our heatwave has now lasted since the beginning of May with just one shower about 3 weeks ago. This week the temperatures have dropped a little, thank goodness and lots of plants are coping amazingly well, they must have very deep roots. Half the grass has stayed green but the other half is now brown. I am just watering my pots and any recent plantings. I still have water in my waterbutts, but they can’t last much longer. We are on a water meter so it would cost a fortune to water the garden with the hose, I will just have to pray for rain or do a rain dance!
One good thing about all our hot weather is the wonderful sunsets that we are having each evening.
How is your weather, is it affecting your garden?