Gorilla gardening and Sarah Raven’s wildflowers

I’d already wondered about some gorilla gardening locally.  Our council has put in some bollards in an attempt to halt erosion of our verges in our quiet no though road which rivals the M25 when 10 coaches and huge numbers of 4 by 4’s vie for space heading for Pipers Corner School twice a day.   The spaces between the bollards call out for wildflowers to be sown as mowing between the bollards won’t be easy.  I can do my bit – but wouldn’t it be great if others also echoed this in local verges?

Sarah Raven’s programme on TV this evening seemed to say all the things I have been thinking.  I’d read some of her ideas as she writes in the Telegraph – her idea about sowing wildflower seed in the autumn is one I have tried.  I had mixed success because we have had so much earth movement – though it will be interesting to see what comes up this year – almost 2 years since the first autumn sowing.  I have put in quite a lot of borage as well – the blurb seems to say it then establishes itself strongly but I had to sow a second lot last year.  Sarah raven’s book is beautiful – and expensive – but Amazon had a good price just before Christmas so I bought  a copy.  I did think I might give it as a gift but luckily didn’t quite find the correct recipient so thought it made sense to have it myself.   I also have some phacelia seeds having seen the plant covered at Hughenden Manor.  Next month I shall need to check on when and where to sow when the current snow is hopefully just a memory.


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Definitely past it - whatever it was - I may have blinked and missed it. New to beekeeping and totally entranced by the experience. That is probably all you need to know until I work out how secure this blog is. Great fan of recycling - see ilovefreegle.org to find your local group. Save things from landfill. Pass on your surplus, locally, for free or ask for things you need in case you can have someone's cast off again for free.
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