Ever since i was a child, i have loved wild flowers. The diversity we have is huge and most flowers have a beauty of their own. When i lived with my parents as a student, i was thrilled to see how well betony and ramsons grow on the clay soil. We had lots of wild flowers and their garden is not even big, especially not if you compare the average garden in the UK (90m2) and the Netherlands to those in countries like the US or South-Africa. Still, you can enjoy the beauty of wild flowers even if you have just a few square metres available.
Sweet briar – rosa rubiginosa is a native plant with very pretty flowers if you ask me:
In my garden i mix garden plants such as lavender, salvia with native wild flowers and i love the combination. Most of the native plants i have are grown from seeds bought from an organic nursery or a conservation trust. Others, like the sweet briar, i bought them when they were just a few inches high and the price was very reasonable, about 2 euros each. I just want to illustrate that it is possible to start gardening with wild flowers even if you cannot afford to spend a lot of money.
Greater Stitchwort -Stellaria holostea:
Becoming increasingly rare in both the Netherlands and the UK: Columbine
Bees, butterflies and other pollinators love Greater Knapweed:
Beautiful cornflowers, corn marigold and Rampion Bellflower
One of my favourite flower species: campanula:
When ivy is in flower, the air is buzzing with bees. Here you can see a bee collecting pollen. Isn’t nature simply awesome?
Wild flowers are a great source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators; birds and small mammals feed on their seeds and in the case of ivy, the berries provide a valuable source of food in late winter, early spring when not so much food is available. So important for our biodiversity.
To reconnect and value nature, that is what it is what this blog is all about.