We think it's important that the wildflower seed varieties we use in our Ashes to Blooms memorial seed balls are meaningful. Our favourite memorial wildflowers are symbols of love, loss and remembrance. Read on below to find out about our five favourite memorial wildflowers.
Common Name: Red Corn Poppy
Latin Name: Papaver rhoeas
Where it thrives: Moist, rich soil, close to the surface
Why we love it: Poppy plants produce beautiful flowers, growing in a range of colours, our favourite being the red-flowered corn poppy. Not only is it a being beautiful & a symbol of those we have lost, the poppy is used for the production of latex, morphine & codeine. Their seeds are also rich in oil, carbohydrates, calcium and protein, and so often used in cooking.
Common Name: Yellow Tansy or Golden Buttons
Latin Name: Tanacetum vulgare
Where it thrives: can grow in full sun or partial shade. It thrives in fertile, well-drained soil & in an area that has little vegetation already established
Why we love it: produces beautiful, yellow, button-like flowers. It has previously had many uses as a medicine (although we do not recommend this!) and continues to be used by traditional dyers to produce a golden-yellow colour & beekeepers use it as fuel in a bee smoker. In addition, it is a great companion plant to cucumber & squash plants, and adds potassium to the soil.
Common Name: Forget Me Not
Latin Name: “Myosotis” from the Ancient Greek for "mouse's ear", which the foliage resembles
Where it thrives: in moist soil with good drainage, in a sunny or shady spot
Why we love it: their flowers are small, with beautiful colours including pink, white or yellow. It is used a symbol by many, including to commemorate those lost in WW1, as well as by various Alzheimer’s organisations around the world.
Common Name: Baby’s Breath
Latin Name: “Gypsophila” from the Greek gypsos ("gypsum") and philios ("loving"), a reference to the gypsum-rich ground in which some species grow
Where it thrives: in dry, sandy and stony places, often in chalk-rich soils
Why we love it: we use gypsum in our seed balls, for nutrient balance, and so it is integral to Ashes to Blooms. The seeds are often shaped like a snail shell, and we have noticed these seeds when making seed balls, and which resemble fossilised ammonites! These plants are also have many practical uses, including production of photographic film, soap and shampoo, as well as to absorb toxic elements from polluted soils.
Common Name: Blue Lupin or Narrow-Leaved Lupin
Where it thrives: full sun or dappled shade, in moist but well-drained soil
Why we love it: these have been cultivated for over 6,000 years as a food crop for their seeds which are rich in protein & energy. Cleverly, the plant is also able to improve soil, fix nitrogen, uses minimal nutrients & the strong roots reduce soil compaction. As a result, the plant is a brilliant way to restore fields depleted by crop rotation.
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