Camassias swaying in the grass

Camassias really are under stated and deserve a place in any managed wild flower meadow, following on nicely from the bluebells. Camassias begin to follow just as other wild flowers emerge complimenting the likes of the wild hawkweed and yellow rattle in shades of yellow and blues, buttercups quickly follow suit with daisies at the foot and cow parsley wavering over head. Setting aside an area for wild flowers is much more than just letting the weeds grow, it is is fact an intensely managed area of any garden that requires fore thought and careful planning. Let the grass grow to long and the effect is lost, allow invasive species to overtake and you loose the precious wild flowers.

Planting a succession of Spring flowering bulbs and corms will help keep your wild flower meadow interesting and under control. Enjoy (winter aconites) Eranthis that emerge in late winter through to the swaying starry blue, Camassia in mid May and all those that flower in between.

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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