DAISY COMES BACK
The fashion for wild flowers, biodiversity and all things natural has sparked a come-back for the common daisy (Bellies perennis) in landscapes and established lawns.
Linda Laxton, head of British Wild Flower Plants (BWFPs) reports orders up on last year and increasing month by month. "There's been a lot in the national press from the beginning of the year and we've just seen a biodiversity conscious Chelsea," she explains. "Local Authorities have also been doing their bit by planting wild flower meadow mixtures on motorway verges and now that the plants are established and in bloom the general public appreciates them."
The specialist Norfolk nursery has been so inundated by requests for wild flowers and in particular daisies for planting in lawns that they have compiled a lawn list of suitable species that a few years ago would have turned both amateur and professional gardeners pale. "One of my old customers, a Head Gardener at one of the National Trust properties came in the other day, specifically for daisy plants to put into his lawn," Linda continues. "He'd spent years using selective weed killers to get rid of them and now he's been instructed to plant them back in."
For further information on BWFPs Lawn List, which includes Birds foot Trefoil, Common Cats Ear, Cowslip, Buttercup and Germander Speedwell as well as the common Daisy, contact the nursery on Tel: 01603 716615 or visit their website at: www.wildflowers.co.uk
The Bellies perennis as well as providing pollen to help the bee population is the natural food plant for the Red Carpet Moth, the Trochilella Moth and the Coleophora Moth.