"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Monday, 26 June 2017

Urban Wild Flower Meadow

I haven't had chance to upload the photos for the final North Wales post - hopefully in a few days. But I just had to show you this beautiful urban wildflower meadow I visited today in North Solihull.

Isn't it beautiful? and well done to Solihull (and Birmingham) Council for planting wild flower meadows for pollinators on patches of spare ground and traffic roundabouts.


Deborah RusticPumpkin said...

Now that's what I call planting! I truly loathe bedding plants {don't tell Alan Titchmarsh, will you?} and this is so much more beneficial to wildlife ~ to find a little oasis along the highways of the cities is a brilliant idea.

Midmarsh John said...

That is a stunningly beautiful patch. Who need all those delicate cultivated flowers when the natural ones are just as good. Not tidy enough for many these days, unfortunately.

Ragged Robin said...

Deborah RusticPumpkin - Thank you. I loathe bedding out plants too! I didn't realise he was such an advocate of them :( although to be honest I don't watch many gardening programmes. Those wild flowers are so much more attractive in my mind and, as you say, to good for wildlife :)

CherryPie said...

That is really pretty :-)

Niki said...

Beautiful! North Carolina plants flowers along interstates, but not so much along city roads or islands and medians. I wish they would.

Bovey Belle said...

That's fabulous. I've seen a few on my travels away from Wales, but that said, St Peter's Church in Carmarthen did a little corner sown with wild flowers and it looked lovely. It's back to being mown this year, sadly.

Ragged Robin said...

Midmarsh John - Thank you - yes I agree so much better than formal beds and brilliant for wildlife.

CherryPie - Thank you :)

Niki - Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Some of our motorways have beautiful verges where wild flowers have seeded naturally. Only in recent years have I seen planted meadows in cities - do hope they continue with them.

Bovey Belle - Thank you. They do look so lovely what a dreadful shame about St Peter's Church. Many churches these days though do seem to appreciate the beauty of leaving parts of churchyard where the older graves are to benefit nature. Not all though :(

Pam said...

I love patches of meadow like this. I've just emailed my local council about doing this to a neglected roundabout at the bottom of my street!

Ragged Robin said...

Pam - Thanks Pam - they provide so much colour and so good for wildlife. I do hope your email is successful.

Toffeeapple said...

The sight of that has lifted my heart - thank you.

I am so far behind in blog reading, but I will catch up one day.

Ragged Robin said...

Toffeeapple - Thanks
so much - glad you enjoyed. I know from experience how hard it is to catch up on blogger if you have time away - but do hope you catch up eventually. Hope you are well