|Tulips, 29th April 2016|
The development of the the long grass, bulb and wildflower area at the far end of the Provost's garden began in mid October last year. The large area of grass was scarified in preparation for the planting of the bulbs and wildflowers a few weeks later, see blog entries 14th October 2015 '600 Tulips, 500 Allium and 100 Camassia' and 13th November 2015 'Planting Wildflower Plug Plants', and has now had its first cut down at the end of its season.
|Tulips and Camassia, 10th May 2016|
First to emerge were the many hundred tulip bulbs providing a vibrant, colourful display in April and May. More colour joined the display, large spikes of blue from the camassia and purple of the snakeshead fritillary, the first of the wildflowers to appear were the delicate, yellow cowslip.
|Cowslip, 10th May 2016|
|Fritillaria meleagris (snakeshead fritillary), 10th May 2016|
|Allium, 31st May 2016|
As the tulips and camassia faded the spherical heads of the allium took over providing a splash of purple seemingly floating above the long grass.
|Ragged Robin, 31st May 2016|
|Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium), 31st May 2016|
|Oxeye Daisy, 31st May 2016|
|Allium, Ragged Robin and Meadow Buttercups, 8th June 2016|
|Field Scabious 22nd July 2015|
During all the various floral displays the grass had continued to grow and had started to collapse. The decision was made to cut the grass down using the flail attachment on the small Iseki ride-on mower, this would allow the cut grass and yellow rattle seed to drop and settle before the grass is eventually collected and taken away to the compost heap.
|Flail Cut Area|