Introducing Fran and her wildflower patch in Bury St Edmunds. We’re going to be working with Fran to explore ideas for making wildflower turf even more interesting.
Meadowmat wildflower turf is a fascinating product. It’s packed full of perennial plants so will keep growing year after year. One of the joys of Meadowmat is that the balance of plant species changes from year to year. We don’t entirely know why but we’re pretty sure it has a lot to do with several factors:
- Different weather conditions from year to year
- soil type
- soil nutrients
- daylight hours and the strength of the sun
- the types of creatures visiting it to pollinate flowers and feed on foliage
- management – techniques and timing
Fran is a typical Meadowmat customer. She’s a very busy person with limited time for gardening. In fact, Fran often works nights so isn’t even awake to enjoy her garden during the day. However, this lady is passionate about her little piece of Suffolk and she means to make the most of it.
This garden is in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. It’s a smallish city with a busy shopping centre and a thriving market. There is some light industry on the outskirts of the city but probably the biggest employer in the area is the sugar beet processing plant owned by British Sugar. The surrounding area is mainly farmland growing wheat, barley and of course, sugar beet. None of which are particularly pollinator friendly.
Fran is a big believer in supporting all forms of life and trying to find a balance between species. So rather than use pavers and gravel to create a manageable garden for herself, Fran chose low maintenance Meadowmat.
Why choose Cottage Garden Meadowmat?
Of all the five types of Meadowmat she could have chosen, Fran decided on Cottage Garden Meadowmat. She lives in a built-up area and her wildflower area is to be in her front garden – on view and available for scrutiny by the neighbours. She felt that the Traditional and Birds and Bees varieties might look a little “too” wild and the neighbours would think she had abandoned her plot.
Cottage Garden Meadowmat has a low proportion of grasses in the seed mix and lots of colourful plant species that are recognisable as garden plants rather than wildflowers.
Extending the interest of Meadowmat
This lady is determined to make sure her Meadowmat is as interesting as possible for as long as possible. She has only laid two square metres of the product – this is a small urban front garden – but has opted to underplant the Meadowmat with spring flowering bulbs for early colour.
Here are the pictures of work going ahead
Fran had prepared the soil for Meadowmat before it was delivered. Sensibly she has made the border 1 metre wide – that way she won’t need to do too much trimming and shaping to install the mats
Fran chose crocus bulbs to for underplanting her Meadowmat. Crocus flowers are a favourite with early flying bumblebees – and they’re beautifully colourful.
Bulbs are pressed into the prepared ground before Meadowmat is unrolled
The mats are unrolled on to the prepared ground with bulbs. All they need now is a good watering and for Fran to make sure they don’t dry out while the roots are establishing.
We’ll pop back in springtime to see how it’s all worked out.