The Meadow in June

The traditional wild flower meadow is at its most floral in the month of June.   This year, the flowers are a little late arriving, probably because of the cold wet spring.  In my own small meadow, which was planted two years ago using Meadowmat wild flower matting, there are lots of flower buds and I can tell, that within a week or two, it will be a riot of colour.

wildflower meadow june 1st

Angela's mini-meadow photographed 1st June 2013

The sorrel is in full flower at the moment, and even though there are only a couple of plants showing it provides a welcome splash of colour amongst the long grasses.   Common sorrel (Rumex acetosa) is a native UK plant, once cultivated as a vegetable and still popular with foragers.  The young leaves are delicious eaten as a salad vegetable.  But common sorrel didn’t find its way into the Meadowmat seedmix for its ability to feed hungry humans.  It’s there because it’s the laval food plant of the small copper butterfly.

yellow rattleAlso blooming in its own, quiet way is the yellow rattle.   Yellow rattle (or Hay rattle) is the only annual plant in the Meadowmat seedmix and it’s there to help keep the grass under control.   The plants this year are a little smaller than usual and I had to hunt amongst the oxeye daisies to find them.  Yellow rattle used to be abhorred by farmers because it weakens grass – and that means less food for the animals.  We like it because it helps stop the grasses from crowding out the wildflowers.  There are two patches of yellow rattle in my mini-meadow and it’s easy to spot them from a distance because the areas are much less grassy.

To find out what else is growing in Meadowmat wild flower matting, take a look at our list of wildflower species