Friday, 2 October 2015

Bournemouth's Wildflowers, 17th May, 2015

Wildflowers for formal displays, a contradiction devoutly to be wished. At their best wildflowers are delectable. So it is back in time to May in Bournemouth when we were on a dance holiday and, walking along the promenade, spotted this outbreak of "weeds". A decent policy of spraying might have averted the problem - or so might have been the response a decade ago.

I spoke to one of the gardeners at Chatsworth and he indicated that the key to growing a colourful display of wild flowers is to denude the soil of nutrients, eradicate dominant weeds, and seed thinly. The second year, he avowed, was the best. A good seed mixture is also key. Whatever, the Bournemouth garden team had got it right.

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