When is a Wildflower not a Wildflower?
I am happy to report that this year Swansea is going to be more colourful than ever, due to the council sowing over 40,000 square metres of flowers this spring. Well done Swansea Council.
Let's just get this straight, though. Most of the "wildflowers" they are sowing might be wildflowers, but they're wild in places much more exotic than the principality. Like South America or California. I'm not going to get into any debate in this blog about the relative merits of this kind of planting as against using our own wildflowers - what I want to say is much more simple. In the UK people understand "wildflowers" to be British wildflowers. Simple. Not Californian poppies or Gaillardia, but species naturally occurring here (no, I'm not going to get into the argument about how long a plant has to be here before it is "native"). I reckon they can also reasonably expect any "wildflower" seed they buy to be harvested here from plants grown here. That's it.