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A Wildflower Meadow in a Pot


Donation helps to make ward dementia friendly


Growing wild flowers in containers is a great way of introducing a multitude of colours into a growing area whilst attracting pollinators at the same. They can look stunning in a window box or a pot or trough and are a great way to bring the countryside into an urban garden. There are several options when it comes to selecting seeds. You can mix different varieties together yourself so you have your own tailor made seed mix. You can go for one of the pre-mixed wild flower seed packs that are available in garden centres or via mail order. Or, you could try some Seedballs - native wild flower seeds are mixed together with compost to form small balls that can be scattered where you want flowers to grow (www.seedball.com).


Whichever you choose, there are a variety of different meadow mixes that work really well in containers and will incorporate some well known naive varieties such as... • Forget Me Not – a small plant with dainty blue-grey flowers, flowers April-October


• Red Campion – with its small red pink petals, flowers March-November


• Yarrow – an aromatic herb with an umbrella of tiny white flowers, flowers June-August


• Purple Loosestrife – a spectacular spike of magenta flowers, flowers June-August


• Musk Mallow – swathes of small rose pink petals, flowers June-August


Keep in mind that wildflowers do not like too rich a compost – they prefer poor soil with few nutrients – so choose a pot with good drainage holes in the base and mix a little compost with your garden soil and maybe a handful of gravel. Make sure you read the seed pack to find out how much seed to sow for the size of your pot and, as wild flower seeds can be on the small side, mix them with a bit of sand as it makes distributing them easier. Once scattered water gently and keep the soil damp until the seeds have germinated. Place in an open sunny spot and turn the container occasionally, especially if placed against a wall, to avoid lopsidedness. Don’t overwater.


If you grow wild flowers until they go to seed then you can save the seeds for the following year. Planting seeds in the autumn, a couple of months before frost starts, is a great way of ensuring early spring growth, or you can sow seeds directly into containers in the spring when the weather is frost free.


If pots and containers are just part of your outside space then here are some gardening tips for this month from the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) … • Look after your lawn – weed it and seed it • Pick and harvest summer fruits • Bring tender houseplants inside • Continue to sow vegetables • Clear out the greenhouse • Collect and sow seeds gathered from plants in the garden


• Plant spring flowering bulbs


National Garden Gift Vouchers can be bought and redeemed at over 2,000 outlets in the UK, with more than 90,000 garden plants and products on offer. Visit www.thevouchergarden.co.uk to view details of all the outlets that sell and accept them or call 0870 2408237 for more information. You can also buy them online.


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The dining room on Ward East 18 at University Hospital Llandough will soon be transformed into a dementia friendly area thanks to a kind donation from Asda Leckwith. Ward East 18 was lucky to be chosen to take part in Asda’s green token scheme and Cardiff & Vale Health Charity received £500 to be spent on the ward to make improvements. Each year Asda invests over £1.4 million in over 4,000 good causes through their Green Token Giving Programme, giving back to organisations in your local area. Kath Martinson, Refocussing Nurse on East 18 said: “I’d like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to Sarah Bennett at Asda Leckwith and the customers that voted for us and for the generous donation from Asda. “Our lounge and dining area are quite clinical looking and the aim is to make this environment more dementia friendly. Some ideas we have are to make a feature of one


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walls in the lounge by papering it and adding a fireplace. We would also like to purchase tablecloths, serviette holders and other items to make the dining room more attractive. “Some of the money will also go towards setting up a sensory room. This is a room that aims to be a calming and relaxing haven, providing quiet space within the busy ward environment so that patients can enjoy some peace and quiet.”


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