The wildflower lawn – part 2

A wise person said that disappointment should motivate us and that’s the way I’m going to approach what I saw yesterday. After I suggested to the owner of the beautiful wildflower lawn that it be left for a few months to at least see what was growing there, it remained uncut for some weeks and I truly believed that she agreed with the idea.

I arrived at the garden yesterday, armed with my camera, looking forward to seeing how the flowers were growing and wondering if there would be any blue butterflies hovering amongst the flowers of the Bird’s foot trefoil or bumblebees tumbling over the Fox and Cubs. I walked through the gap in the wall to see it all, but there were no flowers left, for the wildflower lawn had been closely mown right up to the edges. No flowers, no butterflies and no bees, just an area of flat green where before it had been full of life.

lawn_after_cutting

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One of the hard lessons in life is that however deeply you care about something yourself, you can’t make other people care. I’ve also learned that if I really want something doing, there’s no point in expecting someone else to do it, I’d better just get on and do it myself and that’s what’s going to happen. I shall let this disappointment motivate me to do what is in my power to do. Our lawn at home doesn’t have much grass in it to start with, being mainly clover, wild Achillea, daisies and moss, but we’ll dig some of it up and sow a variety of low-growing wildflowers to attract more bees and butterflies.

Next we’ll make a new pond – the previous residents put in the current pond, but it’s tiny and gets no shade at all. The new pond will be in semi-shade and will be bigger so it doesn’t dry out as fast.

It will be beautiful and full of colour and it will buzz, flutter, splash and crawl with life. And we will let it be,  because we choose to.

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment
Henry David Thoreau

13 thoughts on “The wildflower lawn – part 2

  1. Oh dear – it is difficult not to see that as akin to unthinking vandalism.
    Nice quote from Thoreau.

    1. I agree, Alien, and cannot express deeply enough how much it saddened me to see it all cut down.

  2. That’s such a shame!

    I live on a newish estate where the builders put a tree in each front garden. Ten years on more than half of them have been got rid of. I can understand it where people have planted it up in a different way, or even paved over it for parking (I hate that but see why people do it) but quite a few have just got rid of the tree and left a patch of weedy soil.

    1. That sounds really depressing, Patsy. It must be very frustrating to see those gardens going uncared for and wasted.

    1. Yes, you said that the previous resident poked the nest down with a stick so that boys wouldn’t see it. Very sad.

  3. …and here is one from the old wildchicken garden journal archives:

    Oh no, the pond’s leaking!
    pond leak…

    No Floating pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) this time, and we will be cautious about supermarkets selling pond plants ‘specially for a small pond‘ because that was what led to the leak.

    1. That mistake seems like ancient history now, doesn’t it. Yes, a lot of care will be taken this time!

  4. What a great idea, I will be keeping an eye on your garden Miranda!!! Loved the Thoreau quote.

    1. Thoreau is always good for a suitable quote, isn’t he, Eleonore.

      Come and see the garden soon!

  5. I would love to have a wildflower lawn like that Miranda to look out on. Your website looks great, it’s very clear to read…even without my glasses on :-)

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