Imported or Non-Native Wildflower Seed:
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2008- 2009 - Eu forbes Trefoil and Meddick.
2007- 08 - No
2006 - Species imported due to 2005 crop failure: Birdsfoot trefoil, red campion, white and red clover.
Species added to certain seed mixtures 2005: Red Clover (native and EU origin ), Sainfoil EU origin,
2004 - Species imported due to 2003 crop failure: Birdsfoot trefoil.
2004 - Species imported due to 2004 crop failure: Corn Poppy (I harvested 70% of our sales and had to import more, Trefoil due to no crop in 2004. Cornflower for export to UK.
Foreign non- native Seed: With the exception of the following all DBN (Ire) seed is grown from Irish native sources, we never sow non - native seed in our nurseries or as a source for our crops. All our seed is native Oceanic Irish flora.
However, occasionally, we do run short of stock, when we have outright crop failures or hold back selling seed in one year as we only have enough to sow it as crops, so we have to import seed. If more designers and bulk buyers would place large orders well in advance of a growing season, for the following year we would not have to import any seed at all.
Agricultural Wildflower Mixtures Only: Under legal restraint DBN (Ire) had to import cultivars of commercial registered strains of Red Clover, Vetch, Sainfoil, Yarrow, Trefoil and Black Meddick as E.U. registered species under E.U. seed regulations which do not allow us sell native non registered commercial strains of these agricultural plants. In total these are no more than 5% of any mixture in which these species
We disagree with this law (so do all other European native species nurseries, as it was not intended for the native species), So we add our own non registered native strains of all of these species except Sainfoil, and then mix them into the cultivars so in every mix we supply both, the legal requirement and the wild ancestor which is legally added as a weed seed, which blended mixtures are allowed contain.
In all cases we do not add non native species to SAC site or NAH sites.
Crop failures are rare, where a wildflower crop fails or where we get into short supply, we may import a replacement from UK native wildflower seed suppliers (seek advice). We also have 'back up' stock from the previous seed years, so you can be sure our seed is native Oceanic Irish flora.
Annuals: Corncockle, Annual Chamomile and half of our cornflower crop are from Native British origin as these species are now extinct in Ireland. However, We grow Native Cornflower from the famous Irish find in 1992.