So the wedding is over. We had a fabulous day, but we gave out favours with no instructions. This seemed the easiest way to share what to do.
For favours we bought a Meadow in my garden extra short pack. Then packaged them in seed envelopes bought off eBay. Meadow in my garden is a community interest company based down in Wiltshire with a passion for wildflowers and helping nature. Well worth checking their site if you fancy a wild patch. They have seed for a whole range of garden conditions.
The seed mix we bought contains:
Aurinia saxatile, Cerastium tomentosum, Cheiranthus allionii, Chrysanthemum paludosium, Dianthus heddewigii, Dorontheanthus bellidiformis, Eschscholtzia caespitosa, Lobularia maritima, Nemophila discoidalis, Nemophila menziesii and Viola cornuta.
I selected a shorter mix, so I wasn’t giving anyone anything that was going to grow into a beast and take over your gardens. It will grow a nice little pollinator friendly patch. Ideal for a pot or a little patch front of border.
The seeds are best down now September to October to flower the following year or wait until March to June next year.
Before sowing lightly dig the soil, breaking to a fine mix. Remove any weeds that may be in the soil.
Scatter the seeds lightly on the surface. They can be pressed gently into the surface so the seeds have contact with the soil.
When shoots appear in Spring water about once a week if rain hasn’t fallen on them. After about six weeks they should be able to cope.
If you want you can leave the flowers to die down and some will grow again the following year. If you want tidiness went until after flowering then cut back below the flowers. Leave the cuttings in location for about a week. This gives flowers a chance to dry and the seeds to drop. You will, hopefully, get a display again next year.
If you enjoy the display I would recommend meadow in my gardens. One box will cover a decent area. I have used them at school and got a good show from it. They have more advice on the website on how to grow their products.
Hope people who attended had a good time. Don’t think anyone can complain that they weren’t fed enough. I knew it would be good portions, but didn’t expect the starter to be that size. It was a service to remember with a good performance by Steve and beautiful singing from Suzanne and Mary. We had an absolutely wonderful day and were happy so many people were there to share it with us. To those who we couldn’t invite for space constraints or couldn’t make it thank you for the lovely messages of congratulations. I am a truly lucky man with a wonderful wife and delightful daughter. We look forward to, hopefully, many more years together filled with memories as nice as Tuesday.