Since 2003 we have been managing the three meadows around the garden. We do our best
to manage the meadows for bio-diversity. We are particularly pleased that the old
Jersey cider apple tree has been re-vitalised after some care and attention.
After many years hard work, removing hogweed, dock and nettles by hand, we have established
meadows with a wide variety of grass species and gradually the wildflowers are also
Below are images taken in 2015 which demonstrate the benefit of all that hard work.
Grasses are very important for moths, the Societe Jersiaise has often set moth traps
in this meadow and counted as many as 120 different species, indeed a couple of species
new to the Channel Islands..
Below is yellow rattle or cockscomb, Rhinanthus minor, which is parasitic on grass
so very useful in a wildflower meadow to reduce the vigour of the grass, allowing
the wildflowers more space.
Speedwell - Veronica chamaedrys.
Dandelions - Taraxacum officinale - can be a real nuisance in the wrong place - but
a dandelion clock is a thing of real beauty !
Red Dead-Nettle - Lamium purpureum
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Anagallis arvensis - is not that elusive in our meadow.
Even when the Centaurea in the meadow is running to seed, it is still beneficial
for wildlife, we counted eight goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) in these plants
in early August.
Left, Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) which is no longer that common.
The wild teasel (Dispacus fullonum) is fascinating, as the first flowers open as
a belt around the middle and then open sequentially towards top and bottom. There
are two little bugs in the top of this one, see close-up image below.