Robins are such cute little birds and so is this robin wedding favour seed packet! Perfect for a winter wedding or even a Christmas wedding. The seed packet is recycled and measures 9 x 12 cm. The front is personalised with your wedding details (please fill in the box above) and the sowing instructions are printed on the back.
The seeds are inside in a paper sachet and consist of – Cornflower, Corn Marigold, Poppy and Corn Chamomile. These are all great wildflowers for butterflies, bees and hoverflies. They are also native UK species and the seeds themselves have been grown in the UK. You will get around a gram of seeds.
How to plant wildflower seeds for pollinators
Wildflower seeds are easy to plant and no technical horticultural know-how is needed! Simply find a patch of bare soil, preferably in spring, in a nice sunny spot, and sprinkle on the seeds. Press them gently into the soil and water (no need to cover in more soil – we have found that germination is better when they are uncovered). To guarantee a higher germination rate (because the odd mouse or slug won’t eat the seeds or seedlings!), sprinkle the seeds onto a large pot of compost and follow the same instructions.
Corn Marigold (Latin name chrysanthemum segetum) is an annual wildflower with lots of yellow daisy-like flowers from June to October. It grows to a height of 20 in (51 cm). It is closely related to the Ox-eye Daisy and is also known as Yellow Ox-eye, Bigold, Boodle and Raddles. By the end of the fourteenth-century, tenant farmers were ordered to get rid of it from barley fields because it was such a pest.
However, insects like its nectar and it is the food plant of the Chalk Hill Blue butterfly caterpillar.
Cornflower (centaurea cyanus) is an annual wildflower also known as Bluebottle, Batchelor’s Button or Knapweed. It has pretty blue flowers on stems up to 2 ft (60 cm) high. Butterflies and bees love it! It is a rare wildflower in the wild, being previously a common corn field weed but as it blunted sickles when harvesting, it was gradually eradicated.
Its Latin name centaurea comes from Chiron, the centaur, whom the plant cured when an arrow tipped with the blood of Hydra wounded him. Since then the plant has been assumed to drive away snakes. The cyanus part comes from Cyanus, who loved the plant so much he spent all his time in corn fields making garlands from them. When he died, the goddess Flora transformed him into a Cornflower.
Poppies are annual wildflowers that attract butterflies, bees and hoverflies. Poppies are good self-seeders and often spring up in disturbed ground, the seed having lay dormant for many years. The plant’s Anglo-Saxon name is popig. Its Latin name is papaver rhoeas. Rhoeas may come from the Greek, rho, possibly meaning red. Plinus, in ancient Greece, claimed that papaver derived from papa = pap, the mashed up food of babies, poppy juice being added to it to help the infants to sleep. (don’t try this at home!) It may also relate to the Latin papula, “papule”, due to the rounded seed capsules. Poppy seeds have been found that date as far back as 25,000 years. An average Poppy produces about 17,000 seeds.
The Poppy is also a symbol of remembrance because its red flowers represent the blood of the dead. To the ancient Greeks it symbolised regeneration – Venus is sometimes represented with an apple in one hand and a Poppy flower in the other.
Poppies grow to a height of about 2 feet and love being in the sun. Leave the seedheads on after flowering so that the seeds scatter around your garden for next year.