Last winter, I heard Kathryn Lwin, Founder Director of the River of Flowers, speak at one of Manchester Art Gallery’s Thursday Late sessions. Her talk was incredibly inspiring and she shared a vision where patches of wildflowers throughout our city would create ‘rivers’ for our pollinators to travel through. At the end of her talk she gifted the audience with a tin from Seedball. The recent glorious sunshine and revisits to The Lost Gardens of Manchester reminded me that now would be the perfect time to do something with them.
The Urban Meadow tin within the Seedball range was created specifically to attract our much needed pollinators while keeping the pollution of the city in mind. I was curious to find out more about the seed balls and dusty looking particles that I managed to spill over myself and the carpet when I clumsily opened the tin indoors.
Each seed ball is made up with a mix of clay, peat free compost and chili powder to protect and nurture the seeds. They’re really easy to use – simply find a sunny spot and scatter the seed balls on top of the soil or compost. They can also be grown in pots. I didn’t even need to water the site as I had scattered them outside in rainy Manchester and can simply let nature do the work. It is recommended that a little watering maybe needed during dry spells.
Here’s an illustration of the wildflowers I can look forward to seeing blossom in a few months time on my doorstep. The seed balls I scattered contains cornflower, common toadflax, cowslip, meadow cranesbill, oxeye daisy, red campion and musk mallow.
Thank you again to Kathryn for sharing her wildflower vision. Seedball have a range of tins with slightly different wildflower themes, which are available at their online shop. Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth also have them stocked at their gift shops.