Search Results: Special-methods

Briza media - Quaking Grass (w)

Quaking grass is one of our most attractive and easily recognised wild grasses on account of its delicate branched head of trembling or ‘quaking’ spikelets which are greenish yellow, often with a sheen and tinged purple. It is a perennial, its plants are tufted with smooth flat slightly greyish green leaves. Its foliage usually remains short at the bottom of a sward, particularly in a mixed or grazed sward. The flowering stems grow up to a height of up to 50cm in June.

Lolium multiflorum - Westerwolds Ryegrass

Westerwolds Ryegrass is an annual form of the agricultural grass species Lolium multiflorum. (other forms of which are commonly known as Italian ryegrass). None of this species group are native to Britain, they were first introduced for agriculture around 1830. This ryegrass is one of the quickest germinating and fastest growing temperate grasses there is. It produces a lush growth of broad shiny green leaves. In good growing conditions it will emerge from sowing within a few days and produce a cover crop in weeks. Whilst these qualities are not usually what is required for habitat creation it does have a special role in some schemes where a quick initial establishment of ground cover is essential (see below)

Lotus corniculatus - Birdsfoot Trefoil (Ag)

Birdsfoot trefoil is a perennial legume of short to medium height. Cultivated varieties of this species tend to be significantly taller than wild native forms, having a more lush and erect growth form; tallest when growing amongst, and supported by grasses. They have trifoliate leaves (hence ‘trefoil’), flowers in clusters which are mainly yellow (less orange and red tinges compared to wild forms), and long cylindrical pods in groups which spread out to resemble a bird’s foot.

EM3 - Special General Purpose Meadow Mixture

EC2 - Special Cornfield Mixture

EG27 - Special Old Fashioned Grazing Mixture

EM3F - Special general purpose wild flowers

Wild flower & Scythe training events June and July 2009

Are you looking to increase your knowledge to get more from your wild flower sowings, perhaps with some hands on practical tips on sowing and mowing? If so then the events Emorsgate are running or participating in this summer would be of interest to you.

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