Once inside the Yurt Garden follow a gravel, brick and steel edged path to the left, around the Yurt. From Spring to Autumn, there is a native, wildflower, annual meadow bed. To give the bed all year interest, the area also includes a crab apple tree, roses, a yew hedge, cultivars, herbs and buxus balls. The Yurt Garden has a heavy clay soil so the wildflowers are selected to thrive in this earth. Also, wildflowers have complex root systems that make the soil stable.
Wildflowers provide pollinators and insects with food and spaces to breed. Although we collect the seeds at the end of the summer to sow on site, we always leave enough to ensure the birds have a vital food source and the insects have areas to pupate or shelter through the winter months. Bird’s-foot trefoil is a food plant for 160 species of insects, which in turn support mammals and birds such as shrews and lapwings. The World Wide Fund for Nature have shown that since the 1930s, 97% of UK wildflower meadows in the UK have been greatly diminished so it is really important that more wildflowers are planted.