Who needs a green lawn…

@Fleura (9693)
United Kingdom
June 12, 2019 9:04am CST
When you can have an orange one? I have been encouraging these plants because I love the vivid colour of the flowers. Bees and hoverflies also love them. They are called ‘Fox and cubs’ or ‘orange hawkbit’ (Pilosella aurantiaca). They flower for quite a long period, they withstand dry conditions very well, the flower stems are an almost uniform height and when they are not in flower the leaves form rosettes of softly furry, slightly greyish-green leaves that lie flat on the surface of the lawn. They spread by runners as well as seed. They outcompete the grass, moss and most other lawn ‘weeds’ as long as they are not mown too often, so you get a tidy appearance. I’ve been promoting their spread by not mowing too often and carefully going around flowering patches. Now I love the result!
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@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
12 Jun
I know these flowers. I've seen them on meadows here, too.
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun
Round here, farmers' fields are mostly a uniform dark green as they have been reseeded with perennial rye grass. It's only in some gardens, and in nature reserves and on roadside verges that you see 'meadow flowers' these days.
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@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
12 Jun
@Fleura Well, such colourful meadows are also rare in Germany.
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• United States
13 Jun
beautiful! i wonder if'n such'd survive out here? i've written down what'cha call 'em'n shall check durin' daylight hours. i mow 'round the native wildflowers here 'n e'en my grass i don't mow 'til the seedheads 're mature. i like that natural re-seedin' 'f both. ya should be proud 'f yer 'fforts! most 'nvitin' :)
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
It's quite likely they would, but they might smother the native flowers you're trying to encourage, so perhaps better not?
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• United States
13 Jun
@Fleura true, jest looks so purty though! i should be 'shamed anyhow, i've been workin' fer years to get the natives back here.
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• Preston, England
13 Jun
neat idea, it would look impressive
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
14 Jun
As you turn the corner and see them, they are like a splash of sunshine!
• Preston, England
14 Jun
@Fleura it will be quite an eye-catching sight
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@thelme55 (18328)
• Germany
13 Jun
I don´t need a green lawn. What I need are flowers in my yard. Those are beautiful flowers in the photo. What are these flowers called?
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
We call them Fox and cubs. Apparently the German name is Orangerotes Habichtskraut.
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@thelme55 (18328)
• Germany
13 Jun
@Fleura I see. Now I know. Thanks for the heads up.
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@Sreekala (32016)
• India
13 Jun
I think I am familiar with this flowers too. Not remembering much as I have not seen those flowers for long time. Very beautiful picture.
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
They are like a splash of sunshine when you turn the corner!
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@Sreekala (32016)
• India
14 Jun
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@Ronrybs (9268)
• London, England
12 Jun
Mine was gently going yellow, but with all the rain it is green again and shooting up. Rats, soon be time to cut it again
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun
Grow your own meadow and you won't have to bother!
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@Ronrybs (9268)
• London, England
13 Jun
@Fleura It is fairly meadow like, now! The moggs don't like it too long, they make me cut it
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@LadyDuck (224924)
• Switzerland
12 Jun
I like those little bright flowers. I never mow the lawn when it's full of wild violets and daisies. It is so much nicer than a green lawn.
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun
Oh yes I love violets too, they are tough little plants! I'm trying to spread those around as well!
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@LadyDuck (224924)
• Switzerland
12 Jun
@Fleura I am trying to spread the little wild flowers.
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@Susan2015 (24473)
• United States
16 Jun
Those are so pretty.
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
16 Jun
I think so too!
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
With all the rain we have had over the last few days they should do well!
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
Yes I don't have to worry about watering things this week!
@DianneN (120559)
• United States
13 Jun
Those do look so pretty. Here our wildflowers grow in the woods and edges of our lawn. We like our new lawn to be green and manicured. lol
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
13 Jun
I love it. In the springs I get a similar result with my violets, I really hate it when my hubs mows them down lol
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@raveeen (1789)
12 Jun
My father would love a big lawn than the lawn we have here because he loves to plant especially vegetables plant
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@CarolDM (29436)
• United States
12 Jun
That is nice. I don't have those here. Enjoy!
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@Aansh13 (4405)
• India
12 Jun
Wow Lovely! I wish I could have something like this, but in this city, nothing is possible.... I love gardens and lawns...
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@Dena91 (5650)
• United States
12 Jun
They are beautiful. I love that the bees love them.
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