Enter our wild and lovely giveaway with Seedball below 🌱 Plant some colour and cherish the wilderness of wildflowers.
One winner will receive four Personalised Emma Bridgewater Mugs and a Seedball Mini-Meadow Pot. Plus, we will have 100 runner-up's to win a Seedball Wildflower Mix Matchbox!
Giveaway closed 10am 1st March. Good luck!
Happy planting! Read our all-things-wildflower Q&A with Seedball Co Founder, Emily, below:
What is one of your most favourite wildflowers and why?
I love Birdsfoot Trefoil, especially in pots and hanging baskets, it is an amazing little wildflower, providing food and nectar for over 120 different species of insect from blue butterfly caterpillars, bumblebees and even some tiny rare miner bees.
Why are wildflowers so important?
Wildflowers are amazing for biodiversity and all types of wildlife. Dandelions for example are an essential early food source for the first emerging queen bumblebees providing nectar and pollen. The seed heads of some wildflowers are eaten by birds such as goldfinches and the insects and beetles they attract provide food for mammals like endangered hedgehogs.
When can I sow wildflower seeds?
Wildflower seed balls are best scattered in the Spring or Autumn. As soon as the last frosts have passed they can simply be scattered on bare soil and watered. Seed balls are a mini-ecosystem, with clay to protect the seeds from predators, peat-free compost to aid germination and chilli powder to deter pests from nibbling the young shoots.
How easy to grow are wildflowers?
Wildflowers are super easy to grow, they just need water, in fact the poorer the soil the better for them. Some like cornflowers and poppies are annuals and will bloom in their first year, happily self-seeding to give you lots of new flowers for free. Others like foxgloves are biennial and take two years to complete their cycle, some are perennial and will die back in the winter and then reappear each summer.