Celebrate the Life … Seed Packet Memorial Gift

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Perfect for pollinators logoCelebrate the life of your loved one with this colourful seed packet memorial gift.  The seed packet is made from recycled paper and measures 9 x 12 cm. It contains British-grown British wildflower species that are great for attracting butterflies and bees – Cornflower, Corn Marigold, Poppy and Corn Chamomile.  Please advise the personalisation details in the box above.

 

 

How to sow wildflower seeds

These wildflower seeds are very easy to sow and quick to germinate – simply choose a sunny, weed-free spot (or a pot of – preferably peat-free – compost) and sprinkle on the seeds.  Gently press them into the soil or compost, there is no need to cover with more soil/compost.  Water well.

Seed sowing instructions

Corn Marigolds

Corn MarigoldAnnual wildflowers with lots of yellow daisy-like flowers from June to around October.  They grow to a height of around 20 in (51 cm) and are closely related to the pretty Ox-eye Daisy.  The flower is also known as Yellow Ox-eye, Bigold, Boodle and Raddles. By the end of the fourteenth-century,  Corn Marigold was regarded as a field pest and farmers got rid of it, so it is not a regular occurrencer in the wild.  Insects, such as hoverflies,  like Corn Marigold nectar and it is the food plant of the Chalk Hill Blue and Gatekeeper butterflies.

 

Cornflowers

CornflowerAnnual wildflowers which are also known as Bluebottles, Batchelor’s Buttons or Knapweeds (not to be confused with the different-looking Lesser and Greater Knapweeds).  The plant has pretty  blue flowers on stems up to 2 ft (60 cm) high.  Butterflies and bees love them! It is a rare wildflower in the wild but centuries ago was very common in cornfields.
Its Latin name centaurea comes from Chiron, the centaur, whom the  plant cured when an arrow tipped with the blood of Hydra wounded him – therefore it was concluded that the plant had anti-snake properties!  The cyanus part comes from Cyanus, who loved the plant so much he spent all his time in corn fields making garlands from the flowers.  When he died, the goddess Flora transformed him into a Cornflower.

Poppies

Wild PoppyAnnual wildflowers that are very attractive to butterflies, bees and hoverflies.  They self-seed vigorously and often spring up in disturbed ground, the seed having lain dormant for many years, sometimes centuries.    The plant’s Anglo-Saxon name is popig.  Its Latin name is papaver rhoeas.  Rhoeas may come from the Greek, rho, possibly meaning red.  Pliny claimed that papaver derived from papa = pap, the mashed up food of babies, because poppy juice was added to it to help the infants to sleep (don’t try this at home!)  It may also relate to the Latin papula, meaning “papule”, due to the shape of the rounded seed capsules.  An average Poppy produces about 17,000 tiny seeds.

The Poppy is a symbol of remembrance because its red flowers represent the blood of the dead.   To the Ancient Greeks it symbolised regeneration.

Poppies grow to a height of about 2 feet and love being in the sun.  Leave the seedheads on after flowering so that the seeds scatter around your garden for next year.

Corn Chamomiles

DaisyAnnual wildflowers with daisy-like flowers from May to August.  They grow to a height of 12 – 18 ins (30 – 45 cm) and are found in meadows, wasteland and arable land.  It is also the food plant of the Chamomile Shark moth.

bouquet of wildflowers