WFG18 Butterfly & Honeybee

A mixture designed to maximise benefit to bees and pollinators both as a food source and an egg laying habitat.

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Description

The flora in this mixture is specially selected for its attraction and benefit to both bees and butterflies. This is a visually stunning mixture including native and selected non-native perennial and annual wildflowers along with the appropriate grass species. This mixtures provides some flowers from April - September with the main flowering period being May - July.

The high percentage of annual species ensures a display in the first year if the mixture is sown in March or April. If possible when cutting in late summer an area of up to one third should be left uncut until the following spring for overwintering invertebrates. This area should be alternated each year.

An 80:20 mix of grasses and annual & perennial flowers including Evening Primrose, Red Clover, Teasel and Coreopsis.

Specification

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Product Name WFG18 (Butterfly & Honeybee)
Mixture Breakdown 2.0% Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense)
1.8% Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) 
1.1% Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
0.2% Greater Knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa)
0.2% Garlic Mustard (Alliara petiolata)
1.0% Oxeye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
1.0% Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
1.0% Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
0.1% Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)
0.1% Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)
0.1% F. Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
0.1% Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
0.5% Cosmos "Sensation Mix" (Cosmos "sensation mix")
0.7% Yellow Prairie Coneflower (Radibida pinnata)
0.4% Musk Mallow (Malva moschata)
0.4% Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
0.7% Dotted Gayfeather (Liatris punctata)
1.5% Lance-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
0.7% Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia Hirta)
2.4% Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
1.0% White Clover (Trifolium repens)
1.0% Leo (Birdsfoot Trefoil) (Lotus corniculatus)
1.0% Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)
1.0% Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia)
30.0% Sheeps Fescue (Festuca ovina)
20.0% Slender Creeping Red Fescue (Festuca rubra litoralis)
24.0% Chewings Fescue (Fesctuca rubra commutata)
5.0% Browntop Bent (Agrostis Capillaris)
1.0% Golden Oat Grass (Trisetum flavescens)

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Usage Guide

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Sowing Rate 5g/m2
Sowing Time March - October
Sowing Depth 10mm
Sowing Instructions Create a fine friable seedbed down to 150mm in depth. Carry out two equal sowings at right angles to each other and diagonally to main axis. Broadcast manually or use seed drill, rake level and roll. Ensure good seed to soil contact.
Maintenance

First cut mid-September - 1st October and colelct the arisings. 

Cutting height 70-100mm

Cut from mid-August to early October. This can be done as one cut but preferable, and if the meadow is big enough, you will cut it in sections leaving a week to a fortnight between cuts. Ensure you collect the arisings. If the meadow is large enough, consider allowing up to a fifth to stand uncut through the winter and cut down and remove the clippings in March the following year, this will provide a habitat for invertebrates and some vertebrates over the winter. Rotate this area so a different section is left uncut each year. This more closely replicates the grazing of animals which would leave some small areas not grazed.

If possible, and with the obvious exception of areas you are leaving uncut, lightly mow the sward down to 70-100mm as required throughout the winter months until March and collect the clippings.

For greater detail on all aspects of Wildflower meadow management please refer to our guide to wildflower meadow management.

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Q & A (5)

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How many of these flowers and grasses are native?
Question by: Thomas Hollier on 8 Jan 2020, 00:18
The wild flowers in all of our mixtures are native to the UK with the exception of WF17 and WF19 which contain some domestic species for use where appropriate.
All the grasses used in our wildflower mixtures are of northern European and US provenance. All grasses used have a genetic variation representative and inherited from plants still growing in the wild.
Answer by: Lincoln Team on 8 Jan 2020, 10:34

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