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Sow Pleased You Could Join Us Seed Packet Wedding Favour

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Perfect for pollinatorsGreat play on words with this Sow Pleased You Could Join Us seed packet wedding favour!  The recycled seed packet has a great, quirky design and measures 9 x 12 cm.  It is also personalised with your wedding details – just let us know what they are in the box above.

The seeds inside the packet are in a sealed plastic wallet and consist of British-grown British wildflower species – Poppy, Cornflower, Corn Marigold and Corn Chamomile.  These are great nectar plants for all sorts of insects.   You will get around a gram of seeds.

How to plant nectar-rich wildflower seeds

Wildflower seeds are easy to plant and no technical horticultural know-how is needed!  Simply find a patch of bare soil, in spring, in a 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, sprinkle the seeds onto a large pot of compost and follow the same instructions.

Seed sowing instructions
Seed sowing instructions

Corn Marigold

Corn MarigoldCorn Marigold (chrysanthemum segetum)  is an annual wildflower with many 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

CornflowerCornflower (centaurea cyanus) is an annual wildflower also known as Bluebottle, Batchelor’s Button or Knapweed.  The plant 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 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 the plant.

Poppy

PoppiesPoppies 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.    It has been used in potion as an antidote to those bewitched to love someone.  Poppies were made into dolls by country children – fold down the petals to make a skirt and hold it in place with a belt of grass.

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.

Corn Chamomile

DaisyCorn Chamomile is an annual wildflower with daisy-like flowers from May to August.  It grows to a height of 12 – 18 ins (30 – 45 cm).  It is a wildflower found in meadows, wasteland and arable land.