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Native Origin Irish Wildflower
Range: Meadow Mixtures (Code
without grass, Grass seed can be added
MM06 Moist Soil (acid / neutral pH <7)
Product Code: MM06
Revive the 'bygone rural days' with one of our most natural looking seed
Ideally suited to most Irish sites, esp' moist soil.
so many customers grow this mixture, I have written a long description to
Designed for damp soils without lime, it will grow in most Irish
situations bar shade or very dry/limey
Its not bold-beautiful in the way some other meadows can be, instead
its natural and full of colour, but most importantly it grows where none
else will. Wet acid soils can be difficult to work, machinery makes a mess
on such fragile but important group of soils.
15%, Biennials 12.5%, Perennials 72.5%,
Birdsfoot Trefoil. Corn Marigold, Corncockle, Cowslip,
Devils Bit Scabious, Eyebright, Meadow Buttercup, Fleabane,
Greater Trefoil, Marsh Marigold, Marsh Cinquefoil, Lesser
Knapweed, Scented Mayweed, Meadowsweet, Ox-eye Daisy, Purple
Loosestrife, Ragged Robin, Red
Bartsia, Red Campion, Red Clover, Ribwort
Plantain, Selfheal, Sorrel, Water Avens, Wild
Angelica, Yarrow, Yellow Flag Iris, Yellow Rattle..
Woundwort, 0.5% Molinia
the Farm: MM06
is stock tolerant from 2nd year with light rate stocking after September
or at least 18 months after sowing, and can be cut anytime from April to May
and again July to September,
but it must be cut.
believe the best Cream is made from cows grazing on similar meadows found
naturally in similar soil types, especially when upland. This is an idyllic
pasture or hay meadow mixture.
all wildflower meadows do not graze until all species are well
established. Usually into the 5th year.
In the Field: MM06
is a traditional Irish Hay meadow with additional species to make it more
For some sites we can add sedges, for others grasses or both.
sowing should establish Ragged Robin by the third or fourth year. If not
Origin: Native Irish Origin, Wildflower Seed
Moisture Level: Not for very dry soil, suits normal, moist, but not
pH range: Best between 5 - 6.5
Life Cycle: Annual / Biennial / Perennial.
Height Range: 60cm - 140cm, depends on cutting time and fertility
Flowering Period: May to August.
Fertility Range: The less fertile the soil, the less cutting will be
Wintergreen: Moderate / poor until grassy
Total number of seeds per gram: 1200
weed control at germination
annuals Yellow Rattle, Eyebright and Red Bartsia should persist in well
managed meadow or grassland, they require an annual scratching of the
surface to surface. Work done after the final cut.
not expect much success from the Cornfield annuals in this mixture, as often
damp acid soils are too cold. Corn Marigold should grow, Poppy rarely,
often on a compacted soil that dries out for summer.
is no longer supplied in the mixture, but can be supplied to be sow as a
nurse-crop on difficult sites.
if already present will germinate and can smother seedlings, Cut/strim to
4 inches, if mowing, try not damage the crowns of wildflowers below the
redshank, as as soon as the redshank is removed the wildflowers will
establishment and meadow management notes:
few of the wildflowers in this mixture in time will form large clumps of colour,
while the rest will grow happily throughout the meadow.
You will fall in love with many of the easy to grow species in this
In early summer, Golden Field Buttercup and the beautiful bright pink Ragged Robin will flower
salmon pink Sorrel, catching the evening sunlight. Sorrels looks like a delicate Dock weed,
it's the same family, so do not rush out and spray it away. It
requires an open acid soil. thrives in winter wet
out on moist acid soils
soil that this mixture is best sown on should be prepared a full year in
free and stale seed bed control, will control Redshank, Creeping Buttercup
may be more problematic, as none of the above species ruin the visual appearance,
sadly Dock is considered a weed, by those who have never seen the
wonderful site of many acres covered solely in dock.
there is any chance of soil erosion, use green manure, between weed
control, or sow late spring, after intensive spring clean up of weeds and
'weed seed in soil genebank,
seed when the soil warms up after March and or before it cools down,
usually by mid September.
species will form small non flowering plants by 3 months, especially
Ox-eye daisy, this is an important nurse crop in the second year, again
esp' on difficult sites. Annuals will flower later but last longer into
out for grass invasion at this stage .A first year cut after all flowering
is over will be welcome, or leave it stand the winter for the birds and
cut in spring to 10cm.
the second year onwards, you can give this meadow an High Summer Cut:
it just after Sorrel or Oxeye daisy die off after flower before these
species set seed, if the meadow is left uncut, grasses can invade, so too
will creeping buttercup.
left uncut until September
high to late summer, huge clumps of Meadowsweet, Loosestrife and Yellow
bloom, the meadow can be cut just as the flowers of these species fade
to allow the deep blue of Devil'sbit Scabious to flower later on.
the entire meadow can be left uncut until mid September or later if dry,
my advice is to cut the wettest areas sown with this this mixture by late July,
before the taller wetland species emerge as this also lets the
Devils Bit flower in the re-growth.
Remember to cut with scythes, in the early morning when the grass is dewy wet and
stems are like butter, don't wait until afternoon as the job will get
difficult as the stem get tougher.
not confuse Meadow Buttercup with Creeping Buttercup,
is not included, and may be present on many a clay soil.
creeping buttercup appears: Contact me,
the meadow just before the Creeping Buttercup flowers,
the problem gets worse over-sow the meadow with grasses to control
of cutting will control Creeping buttercup and Rush often found on this
the first 5 years this meadow may have to be topped to 4 inches by July
and then in Autumn cut to 10cm to control weeds.
are few Poppies and no Cornflowers in this mix as they dislike moist acid soil
into grass: Most of this mixture will grow if sown into existing
swords, directions elsewhere on this web.
photograph is one day in the life of an ever changing meadow
recommends that this mixture is not for human or animal consumption.
Soil Preparation: Normal, create firm, fine tilt on seed bed, if
ensure a fine tilt or press the seed into clean soil.
Optimum Sowing Time: Spring, early autumn, when the soil is warm.
Conditions: Normal, roll or rake into surface to keep out of reach from
Sowing Method: By hand is recommended, if using seed spreaders
careful to insure the small varieties of seed do not drop to the bottom
of the seed spreader and get sown all in the one place.
Seed Sowing Rates:
sowing rate 'without added grass seed':1.5 grams per metre.
High sowing rate 'without added grass seed': Add 3 grams per metre.
seed or nurse crop requirement:
Crop: No nurse crop is required.
Grass Seed Requirement: n/a, use Bent and
Fescue species, Do not use species of Perennial Rye grass
Sow with or without grasses: Either / with grasses /
Sowing rate with grasses: 2 to 7 grams per
metre depending on the percentage of grass.
If sown without
Will not require a nurse crop.
In normal conditions (mainly in early Autumn and Spring) this mix
3 - 6 weeks after sowing, from then on, provided the sward is
open and a 'Thatch'
is not allowed develop, species will continue to germinate and emerge,
through to the third year.
annuals supplied in this mixture will flower, provided they
are sown before June.
mixture requires one cut when finished flowering.
Second Year: In the second year the biennials will also be very
If this mixture was not cut in first year, cut and remove foliage in
again in July, August or September, depending on when flower finish or
the level of weeds that emerge.
In the third year this meadow mixture will seem to have less
flora than the first and second year. Why?
The perennial species are still young, many will only have germinated in
the second season,
flowers will be sparse. However, there should be identifiable foliage
and some flowers. If not contact us.
If the native grass seeds present in your soil grow vigorously, the
meadow will require two or three cuts, the first cut in Spring
(April/May) and the second cut after July 21st but before August 21st.
Cut again in September.
should this meadow be established and require one cut?
In the fourth year, when the perennials in the mixture should be
flowering on many stems and starting to clump and spread, again if the
grass is still vigorous cut in spring and in July/August of the fourth
if the perennials are growing strong there will be no need to cut until
August or September depending on the fertility and wetness of the soil
and the species which have grown.
wildflower meadow should last many years, provided the wildflower
species were correctly established, weeds were controlled and the meadow
was cut and the cut material removed and occasional 'Gaps' are created.
If not contact DBN.
Persistence if unmanaged: Low to moderate, High for 10% of
Tolerance of Cutting: High after second year.
General Cutting Time: Mid to end of Summer and again in
spring. Specific Cutting Time: Wait 3 weeks until after the last flush
of flowers fade away, after seeds set. Or cut when soil is dry
of cut materials: Always remove the cuttings, wildflower meadow hay
should be removed as soon as possible and not be heaped on site as it
will grow mouldy (a health risk). Meadow cuttings can be spread as
compost in sheet mulches around trees and shrubs or composted.
Management: Control grasses and weeds until well established.
Accept any normal non-invasive weeds as they provide cover, once the
sward is established, digging, spot spraying or weed wiping can be used
to eliminate problem species. Control weeds, especially Creeping
Buttercup, if Creeping Buttercup is present cut this meadow in May in
year two. The third year is the critical year to maintain this meadow as
scutch grass, creeping thistle, nettle and dock will try to dominate as
the growing conditions are ideal for such unwanted species.
Most species in this mixture
are 'Browse' resistant.
General Description of Meadow Range:
Meadow Mixtures are
designed to grow on soil in specific situations.
This range of seed mixture is ideal for those concerned with species suitability,
composition and performance to be attractive, encourage wildlife and local biodiversity.
If these mixtures are suitable for your situation, they offer good value
given time, develop into a flora that will persist if properly maintained.
Contributes to DBN's work of creating crops
of Conservation Grade - Native Origin Wildflora. You help us to inform
and pay land-owners to manage native species and to assist DBN in
handing on our heritage for another generation.
By growing (some will be difficult) these and all other species, you
directly help to conserve national and global Biodiversity and protect
wildlife. You should also consider yourself another Irish wildflower