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Thanks for Coming to My Party Seed Packet

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Description

RHS Plants for PollinatorsChildren are the future custodians of our planet, so we need to educate them to love and nurture nature.  These party bag seed packets are a great way to start that journey!  Seeds are a far better party bag gift than plastic toys that will be played with for a few seconds and go to landfill.  With seeds, children can see the fruits of their labour and then learn about the creatures who come to visit the wildflowers.

The seed packet is recycled and contains British wildflower seeds that are perfect for butterflies and bees and other insects. The seeds are in a paper sachet, not plastic and foil, so the packet and sachet are competely recyclable after the seeds have been sown.  The seed packets measures 9 x 12 cm.  Sowing instructions are printed ont he back.  The seeds are also 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

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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.

 

 

Up to around 60 cm

Hardy annuals

Full sun

Poppy – red

Cornflower – blue

Corn Marigold – yellow

Corn Chamomile – white daisy flowers with yellow centres

Find some bare soil in a nice sunny spot and sprinkle on the seeds.  Press them gently into the soil and water (no need to cover with more soil).  Water as required whilst growing.  Can also be grown in large pots or troughs in the same way.

Seed sowing instructions

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