Late last autumn I had two banks of meadow turf laid.
They thrived during the wet winter and have started to flower.
Here's what is in it:
Sheep's Fescue, Red Fescue, Quaking Grass, Meadow Barley, Agrimony,
Bird's Foot Trefoil, Red Clover, Common Sorrell, White Deadnettle, Fox and Cubs,
Meadow Cranesbill, Greater Celandine, Autumn Hawkbit, Common Knapweed,
Common Mallow, Wild Marjoram, Meadow Buttercup, Meadowsweet, Great Mullein,
Musk Mallow, Opium Poppy, Ragged Robin, Red Campion, Tansy, Teasel,
Common Toadflax,Viper's Bugloss, White Campion, Wild Basil, Wild Carrot, Clary,
Wild Thyme, Yarrow, Black Medick,Common Daisy, Welsh Poppy,
Small Scabious, Maiden Pink, Chicory.
All are rich in pollen and nectar and winter food for birds.
Just typing that list of lovely names makes me feel better,
but the thing is - it seems awfully quiet there.
I've seen 1 Red Admiral,1 Cabbage White,1 Orange Tip, 1 Solitary bee
1 Damsel fly, a few hoverflies
and not a single honey bee.
Let's hope word gets round soon.