My interest is in growing native wildflowers, mainly on our allotment at Bath City Farm, but also in pots and tubs at home.
On the allotment I have a small "bog" garden, a mini meadow and a "wildlife bank" to which I have transplanted various wildflowers that have been displaced by our vegetable plots. Prior to obtaining the allotment I had little awareness of wild flowers, but in clearing the plots it quickly became clear that we were displacing a number of interesting plants and the wildlife that depended on them. As a result our allotment has become as much about wildlife as it is about food.
But I know that growing native wild flowers is not easy. Creating and maintaining a meadow is not easy, and I'm still trying to achieve my aims. I know that I can't have tidy wildflower plots. I know that Red Campion plants host a myriad of insects, but can be invasive. I know that its very difficult to grow a meadow from seed. I know the badgers love to dig up anything I plant with compost. But I also know that allotments can be a great refuge for our threatened pollinators and wildlife. And I know that every year will bring an amazing surprise as wild flowers return to my little corner of the former pasture that the allotments have been created from.