Chalk & Limestone Soil Mixture
This mixture is designed for chalk and limestone soil types. Chalk and Limestone soils are known for their ability to support a large selection of wild flower species which is why we have been able to create such a diverse mixture. A well prepared, well worked seedbed is essential, free of aggressive weeds and grasses which commonly out-compete the wildflowers. Seeds should be surface sown evenly, no more than 10mm deep. br> br>Sow between March and May, or August and early October.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|Quaking Grass (Briza media)||2.0||0.020|
|commercial sweet vernal grass||4.5||0.045|
|certified crested dogstail||10.0||0.100|
|certified smaller catstail||10.0||0.100|
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass||18.0||0.180|
|certified sheeps fescue||18.0||0.180|
|certifed red/chewings fescue||20.0||0.200|
|native Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia) wildflower||3.1||0.031|
|Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)||1.5||0.015|
|Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)||1.2||0.012|
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)||1.0||0.010|
|Ladys Bedstraw (Galium verum)||1.0||0.010|
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)||1.0||0.010|
|Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)||1.0||0.010|
|Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)||0.5||0.005|
|Small Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria)||0.1||0.001|
|Hoary Plantain (plantago media) wild flower||0.1||0.001|
Birdsfoot Trefoil Wildflower
This is a common plant from the legume family, often found on drier soils, does not like the more acidic soils. Birdsfoot trefoil supports 132 different species of insect but is mainly pollinated by bees. Due to its red and yellow flowers it's sometimes called the 'eggs & bacon' plant.
Traditionally a grazing grass, which helps to fill out the base of the sward. This compact tufted perennial is found in abundance in sheep pastures. It is not aggressive and grows well late into the season when other grasses are giving up. It has good winter greenness but is inclined to produce wiry stems if not cut or grazed.
Field Scabious is a light blue/violet sometimes pink flower and has the special characteristic of being able to change colour, it grows from 30-90cm in height with beautiful single flowers.
This is a weakly stemmed, sprawling species, when cut is has a notable sweet smell.
Ox-eye daisy is a robust wildflower species, the flower head is a typical daisy shape, with white petals and yellow central florets. They grow in solitary heads and are around three to five centimetres wide.
Red Fescue / Chewings Fescue
Also known as chewings fescue, this is a fine leaved, tufted grass. It is distinguished from creeping red fescue by its absence of creeping rhizomes. It remains dark green throughout most of the season.
Sainfoin is extremely palatable to livestock and has very good nutritional balance. It can be grazed or fed as hay or silage. It suits the thin soils and limestone rich downlands found in some areas of the UK. Loosely translated sainfoin in French means 'Healthy Hay'.
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Self heal is a low growing plant with oval leaves and bluish or violet flowers that appear in dence, oblong clusters on the tops of its stems. Self heal is widely found throughout the UK
The finest leaved and least aggressive fescue, it is found throughout the UK. It is hardy and drought resistant and will with-stand heavy grazing or close cutting, however it has a low forage yield. It is a useful species for providing a low growing, low maintenance green cover on difficult soils. It is one of the earlier fine fescues to flower in the spring.
Smaller Catstail / Small Timothy
A leafy perennial species found throughout the UK. It grows on low lands to foothills and can be found in old pasture and hedgerows. Normally thought of as a smaller, lower yielding relative of Timothy. Although valued as a forage plant for livestock, it can also form a useful compact turf.
Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
Found throughout the UK in meadows and traditional pastures. It is said to be one of the greenest grasses found growing in the early spring, and is an indicator of land that is well drained and in good heart. The species itself is palatable, and nutritional to livestock, often called one of the traditional 'sweet grasses'.
Sweet Vernal Grass
An early flowering grass, strongly scented with coumarin, when cut as part of a hay crop it is this plant that gives hay its sweet smell. It is an adaptable plant, found growing in a wide range of habitats, with a high stem to leaf ratio.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish, reaching up to 100 cm in height. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.
This is a common perennial species that flowers late into the season, with tiny disticnt white or pink flowers. The latin 'milfoil' means a thousand leaves and refers to the tiny divide segments of the feathery leaves.