Wildlife Gardening
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How to encourage wildlife (3 replies)

granddad2015
1 month ago
granddad2015 1 month ago

I have already posted this but it was in the wrong place and had no responses.

 

I am looking for advice on seeds/plants to create a wild flower meadow to attract bees, butterflies and anything else.  I can set aside about 450 square yards aside for seeding/planting and when it is established will try to persuade neighbours to do the same.

The main problems of the area: occasionally dry, very occasionally flooded with brackish estuary water which has killed previous wild flower seeding.  There is good wind protection, sun most of the day, soil seems fertile. 

Various types of Armeria do well but seem rather insignificant as far as bees and butterflies are concerned.

 

carolb
carolb
1 month ago
carolb 1 month ago

How about ox eye daisys they do well on the verges around here, and not forgetting the good old buttercups.

Carol in Essex

granddad2015
2 weeks ago
granddad2015 2 weeks ago

Thank you for replying.... buttercups I have encouraged and they seem to survive the slightly saline soil from the occasional visit from the estuary.  Do you know if ox eye daisy has some salt tolerance? Ordinary daisies quickly die in the lower garden areas affected by salt but do grow higher up.

carolb
carolb
1 week ago
carolb 1 week ago

Hi Granddad2015 to be honest I do not know, but a quick google search threw up these  web sites hope they help ,

http://wildflowermix.com/info/custom/salttolerant.html

https://www.thompson-morgan.com/plants-for-coastal-gardens

Carol in Essex

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