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Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes

Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes

5.95

  • Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes - Alfies Studio
  • Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes - Alfies Studio
  • Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes - Alfies Studio
  • Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes - Alfies Studio
  • Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes - Alfies Studio
  • Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes - Alfies Studio
  • Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes - Alfies Studio
  • Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes - Alfies Studio

Seedballs - Wildlife Mixes

5.95

Bee MixButterfly Mix

Why we love Seedballs:
UK MADE, SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

IFind out more about why we love Seedballs in our About Curated Makers Section.

Description:
Each seed ball contains a mini ecosystem: seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and chilli powder then rolled into a small ball. Each ball is approximately 1cm in diameter, making them easy to scatter.

The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate - helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. The chilli powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.

Seed balls will work well in most environments (as long as the seed is well suited to the local climate and soil conditions) and they'll work as well in planting pots as in garden beds.

Available in:
Bee Mix and Butterfly Mix

See below for full descriptions of flower species.

Our Advice:
Bees have been suffering lately everywhere, this is our way of giving back a little to those wonderful creatures without which we'd struggle to survive.

Goes well with:
Seedballs - Flower Mixes and Seedballs - Edible Mixes, DO Beekeeping and DO Grow.

Flower Species:

Bee Mix
A mix of five native wildflowers recommended by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust that bees will just love!

Plant Descriptions:

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).
A tall biennial (flowering stem grows in the second year) with pink and purple flowers on spikes.
Foxgloves are a really good ‘bridging plant’, as they bloom late May-June, a period when the bulbs have finished and the summer perennials are yet to be at their best!
  • Height: 60 - 150cm.
  • Flowers: June to September.
  • Toxicity: Poisonous if eaten.
Red Clover (Trifolium pretense).
Perennial with trefoil leaves and pinky red flowers. Good weed suppressor.
The Trifolium can help to break up heavy soil over time, plus it adds nitrogen to the soil, meaning healthy plants all round!
  • Height: 10 - 45cm.
  • Flowers: May to September.
Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus).
A perennial with clusters of yellow/orange pea like leaves.
  • Height: 15-25cm.
  • Flowers: May to October.
Viper's Bigloss (Echium vulgare).
A tall biennial (flowering stem grows in the second year) with incredibly blue flowers emerging from pink buds.
  • Height: 30 - 90cm.
  • Flowers: June to September.
Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare).
Aromatic perennial with dark purple buds and pinkish purple flowers.
  • Height: 30 - 60cm.
  • Flowers: April to November.

Bee Mix now also contains extra bee loving annuals: Cornflower, Chamomile, Corn Marigold & Night-Flowering Catchfly.

Butterfly Mix
A selection of native wildflower seeds for butterflies! Using only wildflower species recommended by Butterfly Conservation, our butterfly mix includes both early and late summer flowering plants.

Plant Descriptions:

Forget me not (Myosotis arvensis).
Short annual with blue-grey flowers occasionally interspersed with pink flowers.
Forget me nots have been used in the past for their astringent properties. The name Myosotis is derivation of the Latin and Greek for mouse and ears.
  • Height: 10 - 40cm.
  • Flowers: April to October.
Red campion (Silene dioca).
A perennial with rose pink petals.
Silenus the merry god of the woodlands in Greek mythology, gave his name to Silene dioica. The second part of its scientific name, dioica, means 'two houses', and refers to the fact that each Red Campion plant has flowers of one sex only, so that two plants are needed to make seeds
  • Height: 20-60cm.
  • Flowers: March to November.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
A perennial aromatic herb with white flowers arranged in a many flowered flat umbel head.
Yarrow is a common herb that has been highly regarded for its medicinal properties in Britain since Anglo-Saxon times, it is said that Achilles used this herb to treat the wounds of his soldiers.
  • Height: 8-60cm.
  • Flowers: June to August.
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria).
A tall perennial with a spectacular spike of magenta flowers.
A beautiful ornamental plant well suited to boggy areas.
  • Height: up to 150cm.
  • Flowers: June to August.
Musk mallow (Malva moschata).
A tall perennial with large rose pink petals.
The plant is cultivated for its seeds, which are used in perfumes. The plant also yields a fibre that can be used for clarifying sugar.
  • Height: 40 - 70cm.
  • Flowers: June to August.
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