The annual meadows
The annual meadows are really colourful and every one of the 5 annual flower meadows looks a bit different in spite of the same seed mix sown. California poppies (Eschscholzia californica), poppies (Papaver rhoeas), pot marigolds (Calendula officinalis), red flax (Linum grandiflorum), cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) and showy baby`s breath (Gypsophila elegans) are in full flower now.
Annual flower meadow in Victoria Recreation Ground, Tilehurst
(photo by G. Mumford)
The colours are beautiful with red poppies, orange california poppies, blue
cornflowers and pink cosmos
Hundreds and thousands of poppies in the Henley Road Cemetery meadow
And the pollinators seem to enjoy the flowers as well ...
The perennial meadows
The perennial meadow in Prospect Park with yarrow and catsear flowering
Perennial meadow in Meadway Recreation Ground with wild carrot and
scentless chamomile (not a perennial plant but good for pollinators as well) flowering
Musk mallow flowering in the Cintra Park meadow
Come and visit the flower meadows on a sunny day, experience the wonderful colours of the different flowers and watch the bees flying from flower to flower collecting pollen and nectar.
Please follow this link to find a flower meadow near you: http://www.urbanpollinators.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/reading-flower-meadows.html
More pictures and flower meadow progress updates coming soon!