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Our Meadows

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.

 

 

 

 

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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 increasing.  

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..

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Speedwell - Veronica chamaedrys.

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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The Scarlet Pimpernel - Anagallis arvensis - is not that elusive in our meadow.