We are bouncing up and down with excitement as we’ve just received in the post our Grow Wild seed kit from Kew Gardens, ready to sow native wildflowers in Whitfield Gardens. The seed kit was the result of a successful application to improve part of one of Fitzrovia’s open spaces.
There are five different collections of wildflower seeds from the seed bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew: field flowers, pollinators, woodland wonders, night-time bloomers, and sensationals.
The range of seeds can be sown in a mix of sunny and shady areas which is perfect for the part of the gardens where we want to create more colour, and help boost the populations of butterflies, bees, and birds.
Over the next week we’ll be organising a seed planting day involving local people. So check back in a week to find out more about sowing wildflower seeds.
Each packet in the seed kit contains a collection of native wildflowers.
Field Flowers: bird’s foot trefoil, common knapweed, corncockle, crested dog’s-tail, hedge bedstraw, lady’s bedstraw, oxeye daisy, quaking grass, selfheal, and yarrow. (Meadow flowers)
Pollinators: betony, bird’s foot trefoil, common knapweed, corn chamomile, corn marigold, cowslip, foxglove, oxeye daisy, red campion, selfheal, white clover, and wild carrot. (Bee-friendly flowers)
Woodland Wonders: betony, corncockle, floxglove, garlic mustard, hedge bedstraw, nettle-leaved bellflower, perforat St John’s wort, ragged robin, red campion, selfheal, and upright hedge-parsley. (Suitable for growing in shade.)
Nigh-time Bloomers: bladder campion, common knapweed, corn marigold, cowslip, foxglove, great mullein, lady’s bedstraw, musk mallow, and red campion. (Bloom at night and attract night insects.)
Sensationals: corn chamomile, musk mallow, salad barnet, wild basil, wild carrot, and wild marjoram. (Fragrant flowers)
More about these flowers from Grow Wild here.
Grow Wild is an initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to connect people with nature by sowing wildflowers and fungi, and taking an interest in nature, getting active, learning new things, and sharing knowledge and enthusiasm.