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Party Bag Seeds (Design 1)

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RHS Plants for PollinatorsGone are the days of a party bag full of plastic!  There are so many options now for plastic-free party bags, and here’s one perfect gift to put in or just give to the children when they leave – party bag wildflower seeds!  Giving children wildflower seeds encourages them to interact with the natural world and enjoy the simple pleasure of planting a seed and watching it grow into a flower.  It also teaches them the importance of growing wildflowers for the bees and butterflies.

Children planting seeds
Photo courtesy Shorthaired Bumblebee Reintroduction Project

The seed packet is 100% recycled white paper and contains the following seeds: Cornflower, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold and Poppy – perfect for butterflies, bees and hoverflies.  They are also non-toxic wildflowers.They are UK species and grown in the UK without pesticides.  They will be in the seed packet in a paper sachet (not foil and plastic sachets).  Even the glue sealing the seed packet is eco-friendly, being plant-based!  Sowing instructions are printed on the back.

If the seeds are not to be planted for a while, they are viable for a few years – just store them somewhere cool and dry, out of direct sunlight.

About the Seeds

Cornflower

Bee on cornflower

This pretty wildflower was once common in the wild in cornfields but is now very rare in the wild, having been eradicated by farmers.  The flowers are blue and “fluffy” and much loved by bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees.  All members of the centaurea family are rich in nectar.

Latin name – centaurea cyanus

Height – 60 cm

Habitat – sun

Annual

Flowering time – June to August

Corn Marigold

corn marigold2

Corn Marigold is popular with butterflies, bees and other bugs. Its vibrant yellow flowers are fabulous

Latin name – chrysanthemum segetum

Height – 60 cm

Flowering time – June to August

Annual

Habitat – sunny

 

Poppy

Poppy with hoverfliesFamiliar red flowers sometimes seen in field margins in the wild, or, rarely, abundant in fields.  Poppies are also wild grassland and meadow flowers.

Latin name – papaver rhoeas

Height – up to 60 cm

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – June to September

Hardy annual.

Poppies produce abundant pollen, which is generally very dark in colour. Bumblebees and honeybees in particular seem to like it.  Some reports suggest that poppies may have a bit of a narcotic effect on bees, someone in Germany noting that when his honeybees had been on poppies, they had trouble finding the entrance to their hive!  Hoverflies also really like poppies.

Corn Chamomile

Corn chamomileAs the name suggests, this wildflower has yellow and white chamomile-like flowers.  Common in fields, meadows and grassland.

Latin name – anthemis arvensis

Height – 40 cm

Hardy annual

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

Corn Chamomile provides nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

Bunting

Up to around 60 cm

Hardy annuals

Full sun

Poppy – red

Corn Chamomile – white and yellow daisy-like flowers

Cornflower – blue

Corn Marigold – yellow

These seeds are very easy for children to grow, and quick to germinate – so they won’t get bored waiting for something to happen!  Find a bare patch of soil in a sunny spot and sprinkle on the seeds.  Press them gently into the soil and water. Give further waterings when required.  They can also be sown in large pots of compost.

Seed sowing instructions

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