Natural flower power in the meadow
By: Carina Bruun, Naturkraft gardener
When you're out in the wild, you can come across open rolling hills and steep slopes with a wide range of colours - from strong summer colours to more neutral tones. If you take the time to engage and observe, you will encounter an abundance of diversity, from beautiful butterflies to super-cool wild bees. We really want to share this idyllic meadow landscape with our guests here at Naturkraft.
Wild flowers in the meadow
Walking around the ramparts, you will meet with a rich, floral profusion of wild meadow flowers. The meadow is wide open to the sky above and the flora here is comprised of many different species which are currently in full bloom. One of the flowers you will have a chance of finding now is the majestic Viper's Bugloss, also known as Blueweed. It is a fantastic plant that, with its almost metre-high branched spikes, lights up with shimmering buds and flowers that range from pink to bluish-purple tones. In the past it was used as a medicinal plant to treat snake bites - hence the name. It is important to note that the plant itself is poisonous and should NOT be consumed. The flowers, however, are edible.
In contrast to the robust Viper's Bugloss we find the more airy, sunshine-yellow Common Toadflax. Its flowers resemble masks and they contain nectar, which attracts both honeybees and bumblebees. The plant got its name because it looks like a toad's mouth when you press the sides of the flower.
The range of flowers here also includes Corn Cockles. This plant has a long history. It dates back to the Stone Age here in Europe, but evidence of its existence has also been found in Pompeii, which was covered by volcanic ash in ancient times around the year 79 AD, when the area was struck by its terrible fate and all life was taken out.
So the plant is assumed to have a long history, and today you might be lucky enough to find it adorning our natural landscapes - and also here at Naturkraft. It attracts visitors with its open, purple flowers, which make it stand out amidst the fields of wildflowers.
The common characteristics of the wild plants
One common characteristic of the many wild plants that grow in our meadows is that they can also be found growing naturally in nutrient-poor areas, usually in dry, sandy soil. In principle, most of our meadow plants are annuals, but they often sow themselves, so a lot of the plants act like perennials. This makes it possible to maintain a beautiful and nutritious meadow for our insects.
Other wildflowers you can find in the meadow right now include: Oxeye Daisies, Cornflowers, Poppies, Yarrows, Wild Carrots, Trefoils or Clovers, Bladder Campions, Sainfoins and Red Campions.