Monday, 7 December 2015

British Wild Flowers

Primula veris (Cowslip) In The Orchard

The planting of British wild flowers in the college gardens continued today, see last month's blog entry 13th November 'Planting Wildflower Plug Plants' for the earlier planting details.

Long Handled Plug Planter

Today's session began in the orchard with the planting of a tray of 104 Primula veris (Cowslip) using the same method, cutting holes in the grass with a stainless steel, long handled plug planter.

Pushing the cutting edge in to the grass and pulling it out to make a hole, Ali puts the Cowslip plug in to the hole gently firming it in place

Cowslip Plug Plant

Once Ali had finished planting in the orchard she turned her attention to the wild flower area between the Nuffield Lawn and The Goldfish Bowl (Casson Building).

Existing Wild Flower Area

Adding to the existing wildflowers, a tray of 104 wild flowers were planted consisting of the following plants: Clinopodium vulgare (Basil), Trollius europaeus (Globeflower), Galium verum (Lady's Bedstraw), Origanum vulgare (Marjoram), Salvia verbenaca (Wild Clary), Hypochaeris radicata (Common Catsear), Centaurea scabiosa (Greater Knapweed), Lotus corniculatus (Birds Foot Trefoil), Rumex acetosa (Sorrel), Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye Daisy), Achillea millefolium (Yarrow), Filipendula vulgaris (Dropwort), Knautia arvensis (Field Scabious). A few dozen Cowslip were also planted in this area.
(All the wild flowers have been purchased from 'British Wild Flower Plants' Burlingham Gardens, North Burlingham, Norfolk. )

A Mixed Tray Of Wild Flowers


  1. You seem to have defied the law that you can't fit a square in a round hole.
    Your primulas will look great in Spring

    1. Hi Roger. We were all so glad that the plugs were the perfect size as the holes would have been a lot harder to plant using a hand trowel. We are looking forward to seeing the primulas too. Regards Ali