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Wildflower Place Setting and Wedding Favour

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RHS Plants for PollinatorsGreat value for money – two products for your wedding in one!  This recycled seed packet doubles as a wedding favour and place setting.  It is recycled and recyclable, made from only paper and seeds – the seeds are in a paper sachet inside the seed packet (not foil and plastic).  The seed packet measures 9 x 12 cm and is personalised with your guest’s name – please email over your guests’ names after you have ordered, quoting your order number.  Sowing instructions are printed on the back.  Available in recycled white or recycled manilla – please choose colour from the drop-down box above.

The seeds are all perfect for bees and other insects, and will hopefully encourage people to continue growing wildflowers to help the environment.  The lack of meadows in the wild, and diversity of wildflowers means nature needs all the help we can give, however small.

About the Seeds

Red Campion

Red campionThis pretty wildflower is found in semi shady areas in the wild, such as hedgerows and woodland margins. It produces a proliferation of dark pink flowers during late spring and sometimes longer – great value for money!  As it is a prolific self-seeder, when the flowers have gone over it would be wise to cut off the seedheads unless, of course, you want loads more in your garden every year!

Latin name – silene dioica

Height – 90 cm

Habitat – semi-shade or sun

Perennial

Flowering time – May to September

Particular bees that love Red Campion – short-tongued bumblebees such as the garden bumblebee (bombus hortorum), due to the flower tube being quite small.  Short-tongued bumblebees poke holes in the bottom of the flower tube to gain access to the nectar that is otherwise denied them! Savvy honeybees can also come along and try getting the nectar from the same hole!   Long-horned bees (Eucera longicornis) have also been seen visiting Red Campion, although this bee is a long-tongued solitary bee.

Female flowers have no pollen, male flowers do, so the bees can only collect pollen from the male flowers.

Selfheal

Selfheal is low-growing, often found in lawns and grassland, meadows and road verges in the wild, growing in patches of purple.  In folk medicine it was thought that Selfheal was good for treating sore throats because its flower head resembles a throat.  Also known as All-heal and Carpenter Herb, among many others.

Latin name – prunella vulgaris

Height – 20 – 30 cm

Flowering time – June to October

Perennial

Habitat – sunny

Particular bees that love Selfheal – bumblebees and honeybees.

Musk Mallow

Pretty pale pink flowers, often found in hedgerows, roadside verges and rough grassland.

Latin name – malva moschata

Height – 80 – 120 cm

Habitat – sunny or partial shade

Flowering time – June to September

Perennial

Habitat -sunny, semi-shade

Particular bees that like Musk Mallow – many bumblebee species like this wildflower, particularly the Red-tailed bumblebee (bombus lapidarius) and the common carder bee (bombus pascorum).

Photo is actually Common Mallow, but Musk Mallow is very similar and a pale pink! Just to give you an idea!

Ox-eye Daisy

Ox-eye Daisy

As the name suggests, this wildflower has yellow and white daisy flowers – but these are bigger than your common lawn daisy!  Very common on roadside verges, meadows and grassland.  Another prolific self-seeder, if you leave the flowerheads on after flowering is over, you will have Ox-eye Daisies everywhere the following year!  Hoverflies and beetles also particularly love Ox-eye Daisies!

Latin name – leucanthemum vulgare

Height – 60 cm

Perennial

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

Particular bees that like Ox-eye Daisy – short-tongued bumblebees, solitary bees (such as mining bees – Andrena, Colletes and Halictus species) and some small black stem-nesting bees, such as Hylaeus species

Up to around 60 cm

Hardy perennials

Sun or semi-shade

Musk Mallow – pale lilac-pink

Selfheal – purple

Red Campion – deep pink

Ox-eye Daisy – white with yellow centres

Can be sown direct onto bare soil by sprinkling onto the ground and pressing into the soil – no need to cover with more soil.  Water.  Can also be sown in trays of compost in the same way.  When you have small plants, gently remove them and put into individual pots to grow on until ready to plant outside.  Best sown autumn or spring.

Seed sowing instructions

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