We got a packet of wildflowers (ox-eye daisies) in our 30 Days Wild pack, so we planted them in two pots today. The kids particularly liked the idea of huge daisies growing, and were excited by the fact that they might attract bees and butterflies.
We dug into our compost and filled up two pots with soil, gave it a little water, sprinkled in the seeds, added a tiny top layer of soil and watered it again.
I’m the first to admit I’m not the best at gardening, so I’ll be amazed if they grow, but the boys are very keen to water the plants every day so crossing fingers they do.
Wildflowers can, of course, be sprinkled in soil in the garden as well, but as we only rent our house we wanted to put them in pots. Once we buy a house I’d love to put in a patch of wildflowers. I’m definitely more of a chaotic gardener rather than a neat and tidy one and the idea of a wilder meadow of flowers definitely makes me feel happy. And even better now that I know a patch of wildflower is hugely beneficial to attracting bees, insects and butterflies.
Some other wildflowers that are really good pollinator species include foxgloves, comfrey, clover, honeysuckle, hellebore and poppies.Here’s some advice from the RSPB about growing a wildflower meadow.