Why not quit mowing your lawn (or a part of it) for the rest of May?
#NoMowMay #WorldBeeDay #ScareMow
We have an established No Mow area in the garden for wildlife (OK I admit to having visions of Great Dixter’s camassia swathes as well). In spring it is covered in wild daffodils, crocuses, primroses and cowslips. Then the grasses lengthen and vetches, geraniums, knapweeds and cow parsley take over. The dog loves it and always ends up in its depths. This year we have stopped mowing the strip to the fence as well.
Even between weekly mowings daisies flower prolifically in the access paths. So imagine leaving it a bit longer …
Buttercups are ever present in our boundary hedges (and elsewhere, but let’s gloss over that). They’ll creep in.
Speedwell in the lawn is easily overlooked, but is such a pretty plant. To see the flowers with their heads above the parapets needs a little longer than a week
Vetch was one of the first seeds I threw around the No Mow meadow area. In the summer you can hear gun-fire like pops as the pods burst open, dispersing the seed.
This year we’ve got salad burnet mixed in amongst the plantain. I think it must have seeded across from the vegetable garden
Cow parsley has blown in from the fields behind us
Ground ivy is ever present in our lawn and a No Mow pause sees it spread and flower like wildfire
I’ve seeded the area with patches of ox-eyed daisies. Rabbits dig holes in the hill which I filled with established clumps from our gravel drive, so these establish quickly. If you look closely at the flower you can see a swollen-thighed beetle chomping the pollen.
Green Alkanet is prevalent around here, so it has a foot hold in the wild are now. This really is one of the best bee plants!
Plantain is quite beautiful (and indeed there are ornamental garden forms). It is a useful foraging resource, plus a fun resource for the childhood catapult game.
Yes, we leave a couple of patches of nettles too. If you want to see butterflies thrive, you will want to do the same. It is a host plant for several including red admirals, commas and small tortoiseshells. Plus you can make a delicious bright green nutritious salsa with the young leaves
All manner of creatures will enjoy the lackadaisical approach … allowing activities such as bug safaris while we #StayAtHome
And finally, the flowering grasses: This is what the dog loves best … to eat, to run through, to roll around in. They make a lovely sound, especially as they begin to dry out. The flower panicles look like the rolling sea when the wind blows gently across them.