Allotment Drinks supported the planting of 0.75 hectares of wildflowers in the UK in 2022
We all see wildflowers as beautiful and great for our well-being, but for the thousands of pollinating insects that share this land with us, wildflowers are vital. There’s a problem - pollinators are finding themselves in isolated oases, walled in by agricultural land, urban landscapes, roads, and gardens. What humans see as neat and tidy; insects see as desert! Since 1940 we’ve lost ninety seven percent of our flower rich meadows and hundreds of our pollinator species are in decline.
Allotment Drinks is part of a beautiful solution to the problem by helping to restore B-Lines – a network of insect pathways along which we are restoring and creating wildflower rich habitat. These insect super highway created in partnership with GreenTheUK and Buglife will extend across the whole of the UK, allowing wildlife to move freely through our countryside and towns.
Next Spring, head down to York City Walls to admire the wildflowers planted by and thanks to the wonderful Claire Oxley and her company Allotment Drinks Ltd. in partnership with GreenTheUK. Due to the historic nature of the site, we had to carefully choose what wildflowers to plant which included: Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) Cowslip (Primula veris) Field Forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) Primrose (Primula vulgaris) Snakeshead Fritillary - purple (Fritillaria meleagris) White Campion (Silene latifolia) White Dead-nettle (Lamium album) Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa). The project could not have happened without our partner Buglife and volunteers from the Friends of York Walls alongside an archeologist who collected the artefacts we found during our dig - we think we may have found a piece of Victorian pottery and a goat or sheep bone.
Wildflowers & Grasses Planted
Bird’s-foot Trefoil: Lotus CorniculatusRead More
Bird’s-foot Trefoil: Lotus Corniculatus
Bird’s-foot trefoil is already a pretty great name, but this plant has many other exciting aliases, including “hen and chickens” and “eggs and bacon”. These colourful names refer to the plant’s red and yellow flowers. Its seed pods are reminiscent of a bird’s claws.
Cowslip: Primula VerisRead More
Cowslip: Primula Veris
You can recognise the cowslip by its clusters of drooping bell-shaped yellow flowers which make a cheery addition to meadows and woodlands. Cowslips are very strongly associated with springtime and Easter, thriving on chalky soils where they flower between April and May. They were traditionally picked to make May Day garlands and wedding decorations.
Field Forget-me-not: Myosotis ArvensisRead More
Field Forget-me-not: Myosotis Arvensis
You might well spot these small, pale blue flowers growing by the side of the road, or else on dry, arable land. Field forget-me-not seeds should be sown in the autumn, so that they can flower in the spring and summer, attracting bees, butterflies and other insects. According to Greek myth, it is so-called because when Zeus was naming the plants, this little blue flower feared being left out and shouted, “Forget me not!”.
Lungwort: Pulmonaria officinalisRead More
Lungwort: Pulmonaria officinalis
Lungwort is a perennial species that is native to Europe. Its pink and bluish-purple flowers burst into bloom between February and May. This plant got its name because ancient herbalists believed its flowers looked like lungs and could therefore be used to treat pulmonary problems.
Wild Primrose: Primula vulgarisRead More
Wild Primrose: Primula vulgaris
The wild primrose can be found in hedgerows and woodland all over the UK and Ireland. These gorgeous yellow flowers start blooming between December and May, so they are one of the first signs that spring is on its way. Wild primrose flowers are an important source of nectar for butterflies and other insects.
Snakeshead Fritillary - purple : Fritillaria meleagrisRead More
Snakeshead Fritillary - purple : Fritillaria meleagris
The really fascinating thing about this plant is that its flowers are decorated with a sort of pink and purple chequered pattern. This effect, as well as the shape of the flower as it hangs down, is reminiscent of a snake’s head; hence the name! The snake’s-head fritillary thrives in damp meadows, usually next to rivers.
White Campion: Silene latifoliaRead More
White Campion: Silene latifolia
The white campion flowers in summer and is easiest to spot on grassland and waste ground between May and October. At night, the flowers release a rich scent - reminiscent of the smell of cloves - attracting moths. White campion has been growing in Britain since Neolithic times and was popular with the Elizabethans, especially in pot-pourri.
White Dead-nettle: Lamium albumRead More
White Dead-nettle: Lamium album
You are most likely to spot the white dead-nettle on disturbed ground or by the side of the road. The good news is that this is one nettle that does not sting. White dead-nettle flowers are popular with bees and other insects, while the plant’s heart-shaped leaves can be used in salads or steamed and eaten.
Wood Anemone: Anemone nemorosaRead More
Wood Anemone: Anemone nemorosa
Wood anemone flowers grow slowly, and are often to be found in ancient woodland areas. This member of the buttercup family has beautiful white or pinkish petals, which the Ancient Greeks believed were formed from Aphrodite’s tears as she mourned the death of Adonis. Although striking, wood anemones don’t flower for very long, meaning they have long been associated with death.
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