After a year of growth we’ve cut and raked the chalk and limestone wildflower mix in the courtyard.
Wildflower meadow should be mown during the first year to control annual weeds and prevent the grasses from dominating. After mowing, the cuttings should be removed. This helps decrease the fertility of the soil so favouring delicate wildflowers which prefer infertile soils and do not thrive in areas of high fertility. We’ve also added in yellow rattle to help manage the grasses.
If established correctly on the right type of soil, the balance of species in wildflower mixtures should be harmonious. Our new caretaker and cleaner, Kieron Keeble, enjoyed working in the September sunshine.