Wild meadow garden in summer

Created in 2011 following the clearance of the spruce plantation, it is good to see how well established the new wild meadow garden has become.  Photographed in August 2015, the meadows have become muted while the perennial ground cover continues to be colourful and the turf paths to be lush.

The British native wildflower turf is mown each autumn to maintain the diversity of flowering perennials, promote the seeding of Yellow Rattle and control the grasses which have been used sparingly.  The ornamental meadows are mown and re-seeded each spring to greater effect than autumn seeding due to exposure and slope of this Peak District site.  The crescents of fruit trees and Rowans are now bearing fruit under planted with blue sweeps of Geranium and Nepeta punctuated with pale pink wild roses.

Wild meadow garden in summer