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Fresh Yellow Rattle Seed - Fresh Yellow Rattle seed should be sown before Christmas to ensure that it is subjected to at least 8 weeks of chilling in the soil to successfully germinate in the spring. Fresh seed has a higher success rate than seed which has been dried for longer. Yellow Rattle is a useful plant to introduce when creating a wild flower meadow. It is semi-parasitic on the roots of plants, especially grasses, & once established will reduce the vigour of the original grass by up to 50%.
Apart from a few stragglers, there are few wild flowers in evidence during December. A splash of colour is provided by berries and attractive seed heads (Teasels and Wild Clematis in particular). If the winter is exceptionally mild, then Snowdrops and Winter Aconites may be in flower towards the end of the month. Click on the photograph to buy seeds and depending on the time of year, plugs and bulbs may also be available.
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