St.James' Park - Wildflower Guide

What have we planted in the Park?

Updated: 11th October 2009

The pictures below show the variety of wildflowers that we planted in the Park - seeds in May 2008 and plugs in October 2008.

Scroll and move the mouse over one of the small pictures to see a larger version.

Thank you to BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) for the information given below.


Bird's Foot Trefoil


Cat's Ear


Clustered Bellflower


Common Knapweed


Common Restharrow


Cowslip


Dark Mullein


Field Scabious


Greater Hawkbit


Greater Knapweed


Harebell


Kidney Vetch


Lady's Bedstraw


Meadow Buttercup


Meadow Crane's Bill


Musk Mallow


Ox-Eye Daisy


Red Campion


Ribwort Plantain


Salad Burnet


Selfheal


Small Scabious


St.John's Wort


Tufted Vetch


Wild Basil


Wild Carrot


Wild Marjoram


Yarrow

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Latin:
Situation:
Size:
Flowering:

Update - September 2017

Updated: 23rd September 2017

The photos in this and the following sections have been taken in the Park at various times since the wildflowers were planted. We've identified some of the flowers - see if you can spot any more!

Photos courtesy of Michaela Lawler‑Levene

Update - July 2016

Updated: 17th July 2016

Photos courtesy of Michaela Lawler‑Levene

Update - June 2014

Updated: 17th July 2016

Photos courtesy of Michaela Lawler‑Levene

Update - July 2012

Updated: 17th July 2016

Mixed Flowers Musk Mallow Oxeye Daisy
Photos courtesy of Michaela Lawler‑Levene

Update - May 2012

Updated: 17th July 2016

In Summer 2011, after the restoration and improvement works were finished, we established the FoSJP Gardening Team which started work in early 2012 to restore the Local Floral Nature Reserve.

Update - September 2011

Updated: 17th July 2016

In Summer 2010 there were inevitably some disruptions to the beds during the restoration and improvement works being carried out in the Park. These works included the establishment of a new Scenic Walkway along the north bank in the Park and re‑seeding of the beds; we look forward to seeing the wildflower area restored to its former glory, so that both humans and wildlife can enjoy the new environment!

Update - July 2009

Updated: 17th July 2016

Most of the photographs below were taken from the beds sown at the Wordsworth Road end of the bank. These beds are south‑facing, towards the noon sun, but they do benefit from a little shade from the trees along Wordsworth Road. This is a small area, but as can be seen from the photographs, a variety of flowers have survived and flourished. Not only did the Wordsworth Road end support wildflowers, but grasshoppers have also been spotted amongst the flowers, which is really encouraging for wildlife.

The second bed, at the St.James' Road end of the bank, is also south‑facing but is more exposed to the sun then the Wordsworth Road end, with no shade from trees. The early sunshine in June 2009 (if you remember that heatwave?) produced a drought effect on this bank, and the flowers have suffered as a result of this. You can see from two of the photographs that the grass is brown and there is little evidence of any flowers.

The plugs planted in October 2008 did manage to flower (thank goodness, after all that hard work!). However, these were also somewhat limited by the dry conditions.

Drought conditions, Wordsworth Road Musk Mallow Wild Carrot
Drought conditions, St.James' Road Greater Hawkbit
Musk Mallow Wild Carrot
Photos courtesy of Michaela Lawler‑Levene

Update - June 2009

Updated: 17th July 2016

Mixed Flowers Oxeye Daisy
Photos courtesy of Michaela Lawler‑Levene

Update - August 2008

Updated: 17th July 2016

A stroll in the Park Swathes of Flowers
A Field of Flowers Flowers and Insects
Photos courtesy of Michaela Lawler‑Levene

Update - July 2008

Updated: 17th July 2016

Flower Bed Common Poppy Cornflowers
Flowers gone wild Mixed Flowers Oxeye Daisy, Common Rest Harrow
Photos courtesy of Michaela Lawler‑Levene

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