The first time we’ve seen this wildflower in the field. Particularly attractive to long-tongued bees, apparently.
It’s not always bucolic beauty at Tipton’s Croft. Here’s part of the field after completing some essential drainage work. We’ll take the opportunity to spread some more wildflower seeds on the bare ground and in six months time it will look even better than it did before.
A late season cut of hay from the meadow (so that the wildflowers have had a chance to seed). Only twenty bales this year, due to the dry spring but it’s good to have the field being productive as well as being an oasis for wildlife.
Or more specifically, haylage. 28 bales this time, three times as many as last year. Mixed feelings as we now have a bare field rather than a wildflower meadow, and it’s a sure sign summer is coming to an end.
Fingerprint, or recently cut hay meadow?
And nature’s loving it. Yellow rattle, wild carrot, bees and swallows.
Three years later and the wildflower meadow is taking shape, with successful growth of native seeds that we planted the previous autumn.