"It’s in the garage if you want a look “ . It’s a few weeks until my birthday but I thought ,why not, maybe I could take it for a spin .
The Wolf Garten ‘ Ambition’ 48 A HW is indeed top of the range , it’s a top of the range self propelled lawnmower ! complete with Briggs and Stratton engine , red and yellow finishing like a formula 1 car , and it’s own grass collecting box. It carries the name ‘Ambition’ proudly on it’s side .
As my ‘ambition’ is to spend as little time as possible gardening , I’m hoping we are on the same wave length.
Our garden is definitely showing signs of neglect the grass is longer than it should be the edges are overgrown with brambles , hogweed and dogs mercury, there are waterlogged areas and the ‘lawn’ is at least 50% moss ....... as a National Trust Ranger this could be embarrassing but fortunately for me much of our native flora and fauna thrives on neglect . Our wild wet mossy lawn is covered with traditional woodland and meadow flowers speedwell , self heal, yellow pimpernel, meadowsweet and eyebright . These plants were once common in our hay meadows, but due to changes in farming methods , the greater use of fertilisers and the move from traditional hay to silage as winter fodder for the livestock they have become much less common . In Britain we have lost 97 % of our traditional hay meadows in the last 60 years and along with them birds like corncrakes and harvest mice once a common site in our countryside are now rarely seen , meadow flowers now only survive on ‘neglected’ patches of ground and road verges .
Rangers Hay Meadow surveying at Hill Top
If you want a bit of wild flower action in your own garden my advice is give the lawnmower a rest and get out on your bike more ! Leave an area to go wild , cut and remove the grass once a year and see what develops, it might be more than just your calf muscles !