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May 222011
 

I am not in Poland, but Wojtek took these photos of the Tiny Meadow on May 21. The sticks were knocked down, but something is growing there.

Early Growth in the Tiny Meadow

Early Growth in the Tiny Meadow

However, at this point, we are not entirely sure just what that growth is. The feathery one below could be Chamomile (Rumien Polny) or Mayweed (Maruna Bezwonna).

Seedling of Chamomile or Mayweed

Seedling of Chamomile or Mayweed

The seedlings below are abundant. Not sure what they are yet. Not Chamomile, not Mayweed. The broad leaves indicate Chrysanthemum or Poppy. All the other flowers in this mix have narrower leaves (Vetch, Cornflowers, Corncockles), and since there were not very many Poppy seeds in the mix, my guess is Chrysanthemum.

Chrysanthemum Seedlings

Chrysanthemum Seedlings

 

Mar 312011
 

Here are the wildflower seeds that will be planted in the tiny meadow. I got these from the incomparable Łukasz Łuczaj, who not only sells handpicked mixes of Polish wildflowers but also conducts a very great Wild food workshop in Bieszczady in Southeast Poland. To prepare the seeds, I took some sand and water and mixed in the seeds. Unfortunately I can’t remember the exact measurements, but it’s something reasonable. Let them sit in the refrigerator for a day and then put them in the freezer. (These are Lukasz’s directions.) Each quarter of the bowl contains about 50g of seeds for about 6m2 of land. When I’m ready I’ll take them out, mix with more sand, and broadcast.

Preparation of wildflower seeds

Preparation of wildflower seeds

This particular mix is called meadow flowers or cornflower annuals (kwiaty polne). It contains the following flowers:

Wildflower seeds - close

Wildflower seeds - close

  • Złocień polny (Chrysanthemum segetum) – Chrysanthemum
  • Mak polny (Papaver rhoeas) – Poppy
  • Maruna bezwonna (Tripleurospermum inodorum) – Mayweed
  • Rumian polny (Anthemis arvensis) – Chamomile
  • Chaber bławatek (Centaurea cyanus) – Cornflower
  • Wyka brudnożółta (Vicia grandiflora) – Vetch
  • Wyka ptasia (Vicia cracca) – Cow vetch
  • Kąkol (Agrostemma githago)- Corncockle
  • Poziewnik (Galeopsis speciosa, G. pubescens i G. tetrahit) – Hemp nettle

This mix can potentially produce flowers in the first year, and although some of them are annuals, it seems like a good idea to get something going as quickly as possible. I have another mix called Dry Grassland (Kwietna Murawa), which takes a little longer to get going. I’ll try those somewhere else.