Create a nectar corridor for bees
Liven up your balcony, patio or front-door step with a wildflower meadow in a pot.
You know how much I love wildflowers, I create the new collection inspired with wildflowers and bees and want to encourage more people to think about growing them this season.
Bees loves Wildflowers!
Bees are part of the biodiversity on which we all depend for our survival. Your efforts could help enhance a nectar corridor, or provide a valuable ‘feeding station’ for bees. Although planting a few wildflower seeds in your garden might not seem like much, but every little helps. I know that not all of us have big gardens, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still plant pollinator-friendly pots to give our bees and butterflies a much needed boost. A container can be easily placed on balcony, porch or terrace for a burst of color all season long. Most wildflowers are not picky about soil and don’t mind growing in close quarters; in fact, this is how they look their best.
Wildflowers have beautiful vibrance that brings a radiant splash of color to any outdoor space, and their varying shapes and sizes are totally unique and promise something new every year with every new bloom.
When to plant them?
The best time of year to plant wildflower seeds is in the spring, ideally March/April time. If you miss the window of opportunity in the spring, the second-best time is the autumn, around September/October.
Here are some simple instructions for planting your very own mini wildflower meadow.
- Ensure that your container has good drainage in the bottom and prepare the pot by putting crocks or rocks in the base. If there are no drainage holes in the bottom of the container, make several holes to allow the water to drain.
For a container you can use half whiskey barrels, plastic pots, or wooden window boxes.
- Fill the container to a few inches below the rim with a peat-free multi-purpose compost. Tip: Mixing a lightweight planting medium with some compost is an excellent idea because it gives the plants plenty of nutrients.
- Add a 2cm layer of a compost and then thinly sow a layer of wildflower seed. Add another 1cm layer of seed compost and again, sow a layer of wildflower seed. Cover with a final 1cm layer of seed compost and water well but gently so as to not disturb the seeds.
- Place the pot in a sunny spot and water weekly.
- Once the seedlings are growing well, thin out leaving at least 10cm between plants. Deadhead the wildflowers regularly to extend their flowering.
With each ordered mug from the Botanical collection, I will send you one package of Wildflower seeds to encourage you to plant.