Although it is far too late for many ancient British wildflower meadows lost to modern agricultural methods, some do survive to remind us of their glorious biodiversity. Pioneering work has been done to re-establish some, but most of us have come to realise that turning our gardens into flowery meads is an impractical dream too far. So it’s quite refreshing to read ‘Wildflower Meadows – Survivors from A Golden Age’ by Margaret Pilkington, (Papadakis £25) which celebrates and explains the nature of our remaining wildflower meadows rather than exhorting me to dig up the lawn, discard the topsoil and persuade yellow rattle to establish itself. It is a book written by an expert (and beautifully photographed by her husband) that will be of practical use for landowners with vulnerable habitats they wish to understand and protect. For the rest of us it is a fascinating account of our ancient meadows, both past and present, to be read and enjoyed.
One for the Diary
Sat 05.04.2014 - Sun 06.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH
15th-16th & 22nd-23rd February Following the success of their wonderful autumn plant fairs, the team at Great Dixter have decided to add a spring fair... read more...
Sat 19.04.2014 - Sat 19.04.2014
Plant exhibition and sale @ Woottens Plants, Blackheath, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HD
The late and much lamented plantsmen, Michael Loftus, built a collection of over 400 varieties of auriculas over 12 years and his team at Woottens... read more...
Tue 29.04.2014 - Tue 29.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA
29th April 10am-3pm Event Category: Open Garden & Plant Fair Description: Gardening for Disabled Trust gives grants to help individuals continue gardening despite disability. Its... read more...