Meadow flower seeds down…excited!

Swathes of wild meadow flowers cascading down the slope on one side of my home…. It’s an idea I’ve had for a while. Apparently meadow flowers are low maintenance, but in the beginning you need to water those little seedlings daily so they don’t keel over.

Seeds sown, plus sugar cane mulch

I recently changed my piano teaching schedule. It’s a gamble but I think over the year I will come out better. Plus the real gain is that I don’t start until 11am on any given day, which means I can wake up at sunrise, run downstairs and get out into the garden for a few hours to water, prune and just hang out!

Mornings, the best time ever

I don’t care if my water bills are a bit high, I mean what are we talking about? The equivalent of a few high end meals out a year? My garden is my gym, and something like my therapist. I consider the related costs an investment in my physical and mental wellbeing.

The soil was so anaemic! I spent several red-faced days digging in organic soil and mushroom compost. Then I took my sample packs of meadow flower seeds and mixed them with sand before scattering them around in a criss-cross fashion. (The sample packs were Monet Mini, Bee Friendly, Hampton Court and Good for Shade. I gave Hampton Court to a neighbour who gives me herbs and veg from his garden, and he’d just gotten back from England so I figured he might like some Hampton Court 😊). After that I covered the beds lightly with sugar cane mulch, since the birds must be starving and would probably eat the lot. Finally I carefully walked over everything, to increase the chances of the seeds making contact with the soil.

First cotyledons appear!

So they’ve made contact! I’ll just keep watering each morning and hope they survive to the next stage. Am guessing they’ll need thinning out in a while. Excited! Of course, it’s a gamble, these flowers might not survive the onslaught of the Queensland sun. But the meadow flower seeds company is based in Mudgeeraba, which is on the Gold Coast, and he’s been here for decades. So surely they should grow okay here?? 🤞

[Updating with photos of second leaves appearing. It’s working! We’ve gotten past the cotyledons!]

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