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MeadowMat Widflower Turf Blog

Have a browse of our posts to see what we've been up to in the world of turf!

  1. Monday, 29 June 2015 09:07:06 Europe/London

    The clear yellow  flowers of Wood Avens are delightfully delicate and can be found in shady places throughout the UK.  Bees visit the flowers mainly for the pollen which is important for the healthy growth and development of all the baby bees in the colony.

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    • Posted By: Fred Hilsdon
  2. Monday, 22 June 2015 11:28:27 Europe/London

    It's not easy to find a grass vetchling flower, they're not particularly rare but they are tiny and to add to their disguise, the leaves are straplike and blend perfectly with the grasses they like to grow amongst.  Having said that, they're beautiful and worth looking out for.

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    • Posted By: Fred Hilsdon
  3. Tuesday, 16 June 2015 09:01:59 Europe/London

    Goats-beard, otherwise known as "John-go-to-bed-at-noon" is a pretty yellow member of the daisy family with a tendency to be difficult to spot.  Some lovely photographs in this blog-post from Q Lawns' Director Fred Hilsdon

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    • Posted By: Fred Hilsdon
  4. Monday, 8 June 2015 09:08:22 Europe/London

    Dog roses in the hedgerow are a sure sign that summer has come to the countryside.  Bees,  especially honey bees, seem to flock to the flowers as soon as they open. This blog post from Amy Hilsdon includes a cheeky recipe for rose-hip syrup.  A war-time staple given to children to boost their vitamin C intake

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    • Posted By: Amy Hilsdon
  5. Monday, 1 June 2015 09:32:20 Europe/London

    This weeks "wildflower of the week" is the common vetch.  It's delicate purple flowers are at their best at this time of the year. It may not be as showy as some of the garden flowers featured at Chelsea Flower Show recently but my goodness, this little plant works hard for the environment.

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    • Posted By: Fred Hilsdon
  6. Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:30:15 Europe/London

    The delicate white flowers of garlic mustard are in abundance during May and June.  This plant is a favourite with foragers because it's great for flavouring all manner of dishes.

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    • Posted By: Fred Hilsdon
  7. Monday, 18 May 2015 08:49:43 Europe/London

    The bluebell.  A quintessentially British flower, when the bluebells bloom we know that summer is on the way.  But did you know that this flower is more than just an embellishment?  In Amy's blogpost this week are some surprising facts about bluebells.

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    • Posted By: Amy Hilsdon
  8. Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:25:49 Europe/London

    The common nettle is much maligned, especially by anyone who has been on the recieving end of their sting, yet it is an incredibly useful plant.  Not only is it essential to the survival of some of our butterfly species, it can be used for medicine AND for food.  As an extra bonus, it's very cheap to produce.  So, for "Be Nice to Nettles" week this year, why not try a bowl of delicious, nutritious nettle soup?

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    • Posted By: Amy Hilsdon
  9. Tuesday, 5 May 2015 14:35:06 Europe/London

    Fred Hilsdon has been out with his camera again and taken these fabulous pictures of the humble cuckooflower.  

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    • Posted By: Fred Hilsdon
  10. Monday, 27 April 2015 13:01:00 Europe/London

    Most people in the UK will recognise the bright yellow flowers of dandelion.  Lawn enthusiasts don't like it much, but did you know that every single bit of the plant is useful to us humans?  Fred Hilsdon has been surprised and amazed at how versatile the dandelion is......

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    • Posted By: Fred Hilsdon
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