Summer has finally has arrived in Yorkshire, so we have been out and about surveying the 15 flower meadows in Leeds.
10 of our meadows were sown with an annual seed mix at the end of May, and so are still germinating - hopefully some rain and lots more sunshine will encourage the growth of these plants. 5 meadows were sown last year and this year, and 5 were newly implemented for 2013 - these newer meadows are currently growing more slowly, as you can see from the pictures below, but on the whole they are already doing well. These annual meadows will start flowering over the next fortnight and will be in full bloom between July-September.
|Annual meadow at Armley Park|
|Annual meadow at East End Park|
|New annual meadow at West Park playing fields|
Our 5 perennial meadows are in full flower now, after a slow start with the cold spring. We have thoroughly enjoyed visiting them over the past few weeks, particularly this week when many have been dominated by beautiful ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare). Here are a few of our favourite snaps of these meadows and their pollinator visitors...
|Perennial meadow at Scott Hall Pitches, Chapel Allerton|
|Solitary bee (Andrena sp.) on ox-eye daisy|
|Perennial meadow at Stanhope Recreation Ground, Horsforth|
|A bee's-eye view across a Horsforth hilltop|
|Perennial meadow at Burley Park|
|Ashy mining bee (Andrena cineraria)|
|Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens)|
|Tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)|
|Perennial meadow at Ebor Gardens, East Leeds|
|Our single Viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare) plant at Ebor Gardens|
We have already seen high numbers and a great diversity of pollinating insects on these meadows so far - here's hoping they continue to develop well and attract a multitude of urban pollinators over the summer!