Wild Flower Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Wild Geraniums provide a sea of mellow indigo

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Wild carrot; so underused.

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

A haven for Bees

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Mown paths through an enticing perennial meadow

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Oxe eye daisies. Less is more

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Yellow rattle; an essential component

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Yellow trefoil

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

A bee gorges on common knapweed

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Chiltern Estate Meadows

Wild Mallow copes so well with dry conditions

Memory Meadows

Memory Meadows

Tired and bare before planting

Memory Meadows

Memory Meadows

Our smallest meadow in the centre of High Wycombe

Memory Meadows

Memory Meadows

Six months after planting the meadow is blooming

Cotswolds Meadows

Cotswolds Meadows

One year after sowing - becoming established

Cotswolds Meadows

Cotswolds Meadows

The natural look framed by an iron arch

Cotswolds Meadows

Cotswolds Meadows

A Strandkorb, provides a place to sit and ponder

Benson Meadow

Benson Meadow

Planted in grids; one year on...

Benson Meadow

Benson Meadow

Cornflowers, Yarrow and Poppies

Benson Meadow

Benson Meadow

Stunning poppies in a variety of colours

Benson Meadow

Benson Meadow

Do not adjust your set...

Benson Meadow

Benson Meadow

Hover flies relish the open structure of the poppies

Water Meadow

Water Meadow

Preparing the 8 acre meadow

Water Meadow

Water Meadow

Restored 8 acres water meadow

Water Meadow

Water Meadow

Exuberant Yarrow

Berkshire Manor Meadow

Berkshire Manor Meadow

The entrance before planting

Berkshire Manor Meadow

Berkshire Manor Meadow

The entrance six months after planting

Berkshire Manor Meadow

Berkshire Manor Meadow

A year later; Echiums and Corncockles thrive

Berkshire Manor Meadow

Berkshire Manor Meadow

Cornflowers squeeze themselves in

Berkshire Manor Meadow

Berkshire Manor Meadow

and plenty to spare to cut for the house...

Creating a meadow

So alluring, few can fail to find wild flower meadows attractive in the height of summer. They look so deceptively simple but having been creating them for nearly 15 years, there are many challenges that need first to be addressed for you simply cannot just caste some seed and hope. Here are a few questions that need to be asked before you begin:

What type of meadow do you want?

A traditional English Hay Meadow, or a contemporary one as used so successfully during the 2012 Olympics?

And the plants?

Should this be a one off annual scheme or a perennial scheme?

What will thrive in your location, soil and aspect?

After all there is no point in trying to get established yarrow and wild carrot in the semi shade of a woodland.

What naturally does well in your area?

Looking at the local flora and fauna will help give us clues as to what will succeed.

And how should the meadow be established?

Wild flower seed is cheapest but least predictable. Plugs can create a more controlled effect whilst wild flower turf can be an instant makeover.

Anything to avoid?

Over fertile soil, docks, nettles, thistles and couch can wreck a meadow during its crucial early days. And personally I avoid Oxe Eye Daisies for, whilst they will certainly flower in year one, they will also overwhelm everything else. Frankly they will arrive in most situations on their own in any event.

Meadows are so appealing but they cannot be created overnight. Perhaps that’s why we have enjoyed so much success with them in the past, for we are always striving to provide a long term relationship so that we very much hold the clients hand as the meadow develops.

For more information on how we can help, do please call me on 07973 261852 or drop me an email.