This eye catching explosion of annuals - mainly charlock and poppies with some cornflowers and a few other species is entirely the result of disturbing the soil and triggering germination of the residual seed bank deriving from previous years of sowing of mixed annuals in this area. The plan to sow a mix of perennial wildflowers here seems to have largely failed because of poor germination, but it may be there are seedlings and smaller perennials hidden among these taller annuals. Time will tell. But this unintended display is visually infinitely preferable to boring grass mowed to an inch of its life. And perhaps even more importantly, in offering a feast of pollen and nectar for a variety of bee species and other insects, we are helping boost local populations of pollinators and insect biodiversity generally.
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