When did you last walk through a field of wildflowers?
I'm searching through my memory bank and can only think of a handful of occasions that I personally have (and I'm a country gal), yet they've been around since neolithic times, so Sandro Cafollo of Design by Nature (www.wildflowers.ie) was explaining to us today.
From their origin to ground preparation, weeds, growing conditions, identification and the lack of support to growers, Sandro passionately shared some of his vast knowledge on growing crops of herbs and wildflowers to an interested group of us near Urlingford in Tipperary.
Sadly many native Irish wildflowers are now extinct or on the endangered list mostly as a result of weedkillers, farm machinery or heavy cropping. From corncockle to corn chamomile, wild cornflower and scarlet pimpernell - many of us will never see these flowers growing wild again.
|Self Heal, Oxe Eye Daisy & Mallow|
Wildflowers are great!
To grow wildflowers successfully however, involves more than just buying a packet of seeds and scattering them a few weeks later, but that's not for here or now (if you're looking for more information go check out Sandro's website). His passion for growing native Irish wildflowers was infectious, carrying us inquisitively and happily throughout the day.
|Mallow & Oxeye Daisy|
The following quote from their website explains why they feel it's so important to grow Irish seeds:-
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