Photography: Claire de Virieu

ECOLOGICAL NOTES

 

 

ECOLOGICAL FLOWER-MEADOWS

 

PREPARATION

Flower-meadows are sown on prepared earth. For this, a regrettable but current procedure involves applying a weed-killer to pre-existing meadows or lawns. I had to fight against the accepted ideas promoted by the lobbies for pesticide products to prove it was possible to create a flower-meadow in soil merely prepared with a rotovator. Even better, if the surface is not too great, you can spread a black tarpaulin or old blankets on the pre-existing grass for six months, to cleanse the soil before working the earth.

 

SOWING

The sowing is performed preferably in spring in soil that has warmed up (April-May according to the climate). Then the flower-meadows composed of annuals (poppy, cornflower, ammi (bishop’s flower), corncockle) bloom in the summer. Note that they will not bloom again the following year unless they can be liberally re-sown in earth that has been worked again, as was once the custom with fields of cereals.

 

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DURABILITY

You can work the earth every spring with the rotovator to incorporate the seeds of the annuals. Many lovers of flower-meadows are put off by this maintenance work. Therefore, I often advise people to let an existing lawn grow and transform into a magnificent grass meadow, without colourful flowers, but only requiring a mowing at the end of the summer. Moreover, this solution has less of an impact on the ecology.

 

 




BACKSTAGE AT THE “JARDIN D’O”

 

 

REVEALING THE SPIRIT OF THE PLACE…
A WATERLOGGED MEADOW BECOMES A LAKE-DWELLER’S ECOSYSTEM, A PLACE TO WALK AND TO DREAM AMONG PONDS, STREAMS AND SPRINGS.

Area: 2 hectares
Location: Western France
Biotope: Wet meadowland
Eco-garden: 4/5

 

 

PROJECT STAGES

2005: location photos, the ditches (tall grass on the left) will be transformed into a stream flowing into the projected main pond and simulated here by the work-site’s red ribbon.

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Work-site: large-scale earth-works.

Work-site: digging of the main pond.

 

2007: the main pond located in the terrain’s hollow receives its landing-stage, its open cabin and water-plants.