Unscrupulous seed importers:
Sadly, the global and Irish native seed industry is plagued by
unscrupulous seed importers who claim they sell native Irish Wildflower
seeds, but in reality they sell cultivated flowers from other countries or
genotypes which were once wild, but
are now mass produced in nurseries without recourse to replacing the genetic
While these species can be sown in gardens, it is internationally agreed that
they are not
advised for countryside, large garden or conservation plantings as they interfere with the
true native species of wildflower. see
Wildflower seed mixtures are different in price
and composition because...
DBN is a conservation business, our aim is to
grow only Native Irish species to provide the seed for our mixtures.
Where a crop fails and we import seed there is notification hosted on this
web site. Species imported for seed mixtures
Sunrise Seeds Ireland Ltd, has gone into liquidation, since 2007. They imported seed and sent it nationwide.
Dingle wildflowers has ceased trading as there imported species failed to grow.
Go on choose Design By Nature for seeds,
plants, advice and design.
The real war on imported weeds.
Cross pollination of plants can occur up to 8 miles from your garden
by wind, insects or bees. if you live in an urban centre, only sow
certified single species packets of imported seed from a specialist seed
company, these tend to be available in the more honest retail outlets.
Do not sow imported mixtures in rural gardens, see the letter below from
Trinity College Botanic Garden, Dublin.
Imported mail order wildflowers are not
checked for pests or disease when they enter the country, nor can they
contain species native. How could they? they are imported.
Imported wild flower seed mixtures now
found in creameries, garden centres and multiples and sold in boxes,
usually with grass, are regularly checked by DBN to see what foreign
flowers they contain. I find far too much grass for the price and the
mixtures contain cultivated 'not so wild flowers' such as Calendula,
Californian Poppy and Flax, which can be bought for half the price,
In effect the seller is a liar. they are not wild, they are in a box.