the importance of wildflowers
I recently was shocked to learn that 97% of our British wildflower meadows are gone. These beautiful expanses of land, filled with dainty british flowers are not only stunning to look at, but they are also crucial to supporting our ecosystem.
Since hearing this I have ordered some wildflower seeds and shall be sewing them into a little patch in my own garden come August, and I really encourage you all to do the same.
We may not be able to have the space to bring back our meadows to the same capacity, but a little patch in every garden will make a huge difference and create a patchwork of flowers that will help our wildlife to flourish.
One of the wildflowers that the honey bee and bumble bee particularly love is borage, and it is a great addition to any garden. It is one of my favourites as the oil from the borage seeds is actually used in the Pennies & Feathers Beauty Oil.
This oil is extremely high in GLA, an essential fatty acid, which aids in restoring moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin and also provides relief to those suffering with skin irritations such as eczema and psoriasis. It is a real powerhouse and very anti-inflammatory.
So we love that by using this organic oil, we are also providing our bees with plenty of nectar too.
The flowers are also edible, and have a refreshing taste just like cucumber, so you can create some beautiful garnishes for your salads, desserts or summer drinks when you grow them too!