Our most popular wildflowers
Meadow cranesbill (Geranium pratensis)
fabulous big deep blue flowers from June to September. We collected our seeds from the shady banks of the river Annan in Dumfriesshire, between the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Samye Ling, and the cottage of Scottish romantic poet Robert Burns. Seeds steeped in romance and spirituality.
Bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum)
seeds from legendary “Machair” grasslands of the Outer Hebrides, collected while we waited out a storm on Coll Island between voyages to look for basking sharks and whales.
seeds from clusters of aromatic flowers atop scented leaves of oregano vulgare - the essential flavour of pizza. But this pizza came from the sunny slope of a 6000-year-old burial mound near Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Can you count the bees and butterflies on the flowers?
Golden loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata)
we never managed to find viable seeds of this fabulous golden spring beauty, but fortunately it is “clonal” and divides easily again and again to make hundreds of plants. Our first plant came from a humble roadside in the New Forest.
Red valerian (Centranthus ruber)
familiar to any lover of the English seaside. Our seeds came from the pretty fishing village of Blakeney in Norfolk. Cascades of deep pink flowers much loved by butterflies, bumblebees, and the fabulous hummingbird hawk moth.
Red campion (Silene dioicia)
starts flowering in April, and goes on and on. We find this reliable and shade tolerant perennial nearly everywhere we go, but our best seeds came from Marion Marsh - a wildlife reserve overlooking the surpassingly beautiful St Micheal’s mount in Cornwall.
Purple toadflax (Linaria purpurea)
the delightfully named. Tough, drought-resistant and lives for decades getting bigger and bigger. This seed came from the pretty, historic tourist haven of... Hampstead! :)
seeds from the beautiful marshes of the vale of Avalon in Somerset, legendary home of King Arthur, and actual home of King Alfred, founder of the English nation, and Winston Churchill’s “Greatest Englishman”.
Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
is familiar and much-loved flower of rough grasslands and roadside verges all over Southern England. Our seeds came from a Roman villa in Hertfordshire.
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