The last couple of weeks has seen the woodland and meadow really burst into life; it's amazing when you look at it to think that it has only been sown and planted for one year.
The tree's have, in many case, doubled in size already and the covering of wildflowers, many now self seeded from last season, is magnificent.
It is a picture of perfection.....and a very good advert for the forest of flowers technique!!!
It is interesting to see the difference in the areas where we cleared the field compared to those where we didn't. I'm very glad we did what we dd...it was definately worth the effort.
The clearing away of the wildflower hay from last season that was still standing after the winter has allowed for another full carpet of flowers to grow. In places where the hay was left there are bare patches of earth where seeds have not been able to germinate. And where they have it is hard to see the flowers because of the tall standing hay (see pictures)
I'm not saying that those areas are suffering, rather that the other areas are growing superbly!
I'm still very glad we left some areas and didn't cut the hay down from the whole field as it provided much needed cover for wildlife throughout the early part of the season. Birds could be constantly seen dipping in and out of the tall flower stalks, feeding on the seeds and insects.
Complete perfection and we were lucky enough to be able to plant it here on the farm!!! A massive thankyou to Peter for the inspiration!!!!!!!! :-) x