Wildflowers on the decline

According to new research, it has become apparent that wildflowers in the UK are  disappearing.

A study done by the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology looked at semi wild land in the UK over a period of 17 years. The make-up of each area of land changed greatly over this period of time. Most of these areas of land have lost at least one species of flower.

Flowers like poppies, willow herb and forget-me-nots were among the plants to go. These flowers can actually be classified as ‘good weeds,’ which serve more than just the purpose of making our countryside look beautiful. They are also very important in feeding insects like butterflies and bees.

Both of these insects are very reliant on the nectar of flowers, and they need a wide variety of flowers to gain all the nutrients they require.

Wildflowers are also important as they are a source of food even after agricultural plants have been harvested.

This is an important issue as other important agricultural crops like strawberries and apples might be the next to decline.

The root of the problem seem to be ‘bad weeds’ like nettles, thistles and ivy as they kill off good flowers. Some other ‘bad weeds,’ you might want pay attention to in your area are; nettles, brambles, thistles, ivy, cock’s-foot grass, rye grass, Himalayan balsam, and Japanese knotweed.

It is vital to remember the important role flowers play in our lives and the world around us. One great way to keep your mind on blooms is to give a beautiful bouquet.

With fall and Halloween on our minds Flowers24hours.co.uk., has some great bouquets on offer. Like the Pumpkin Posy this is a great mix of orange coloured blooms in a hand hallowed pumpkin. The Autumn Warmth bouquet are sure to bring both of these things into your loved one’s home. All of the colours of an autumn afternoon are found in this single beautiful bouquet.

[via: Guardian]

Wildflowers on the decline was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by Ebrar
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