Arable flowers

In the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, which we visited in the summer, they had an area sown with arable wheat which had all the traditional arable “weeds” – which are in fact all wonderful flowers that attract many pollinators. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I liked it so much I took photos from lots of angles.

 

I would really love to replicate this is my own garden. In the summer it provides food for insects and in the autumn food for birds!

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Arable meadow

22 thoughts on “Arable flowers

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I wonder do they compare different years to see which is more popular with the pollinators. I noticed they had some trail plots of commercial seed mixes too.

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  1. Brian Skeys

    A lot of β€˜experts’ confuse arable weeds/flowers with wild flower hay meadows. Both are beneficial to wild life and attractive in their own way.
    The BG of Wales is one of our favourite garden destinations.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      In the past before people used chemicals to treat grain crops and when seed cleaning was not as efficient as it is now, these “weeds” would have been part of the whole field.

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