We are sowing 10 annual flower meadows this year (5 more than last year) and Reading council has already prepared the seedbed, ready for sowing. All we need is some rain now but looking at the weather forecast I think we will get lucky tomorrow. So watch this space for the next update on first signs of germination.
|The annual flower meadow seedbed is prepared, ready for sowing|
We have established 5 perennial flower meadows in Reading last year which will be flowering for the first time this year. We have visited the perennial meadows today and they are starting to grow now. Lots of dandelion, daisies and dead-nettle flowering but as they are good pollinator plants we leave them be. In a few weeks time our sown species will start to flower; the first ones flowering will probably be Red campion (Silene dioica), Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and Wild carrot (Daucus carota).
|Ellen is looking at our meadow in Cintra Park|
|Cintra Park meadow with Hairy-footed flower bee|
|We also did some weeding and removed docks and nettles|
|If you have a closer look the meadows already look quite pretty|
|Dandelion with Dead-nettle gives a nice colour combination|
|This Hairy-footed flower bee likes the Dead-nettles|
|Our perennial meadow at Portman Road|
|The first Red campion flower is already opening|
|A pretty patch of Common mouse-ear (Cerastium fontanum)|
|Wild carrot in our meadow in Westfield Rd Recreation Ground|
|This mining bee (Andrena) is enjoying a dandelion flower|
|Some Ribwort plantain flowering in one of our meadows|
Watch out for the next update on flowering progress and the start of the meadow sampling in a month`s time.
To read more about our flower meadows have a look here. To find the flower meadow locations in Reading look here.