George McDermott, the Buncrana town gardener, already had an interest in bees, butterflies and moths when Donegal County Council’s Inishowen Municipal District chose the town for a pilot project in the new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan last year.
“We would have been getting ready from January, to be honest,” George said. It was a bad spring – long, wet and cold – but weather is often a challenge for gardening in Inishowen, he said. The warm weather during the Open brought its own challenges for the physical work.
You can see where the plans are going: A neat grass path winds through broad-leaf grasses and pollen-rich plantings a couple of feet high – good growth for the two years they have been there, but George said it will take about five years for the meadow to develop fully.
Most importantly they provide critical habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects and wildlife, which is essential for ecosystem function and pollination. They can also improve soil health, prevent erosion and improve water quality.
In the seed pack you can find a range of wildflowers grown in Donegal :
Wildflowers can be a fantastic solution to keeping your garden looking vibrant, whilst also improving the environment, helping vegetables to grow and reducing costs.
Bog Cotton, Bluebell, Centaury, Cowslip, Devil’s Bit Scabious, Field Scabious, Foxglove, Hedge Garlic Mustard, Kidney Vetch, Lady’s Bedstraw, Greater and Lesser Knapweed, Marjoram, Meadowsweet, Mullein, Ox-eye Daisy, Purple Loosestrife, Ragged Robin, Red Campion, Sea Mayweed, St Johnswort, White Campion, Yarrow, Yellow Agrimony, Salad Burnet, White Bedstraw, Wild Carrot, Corn Marigold, Corn Poppy, Corncockle, Cornflower, and Scented Mayweed.