The 3 ‘B’s – Birds, Butterflies and Bees

Who doesn't enjoy the fairy-tale like buzz of wildlife entering ones garden – just like a scene out of Snow White. The flutter of nimble feathered wings and the gentle whistle of the bird song is a thrilling orchestral tone during spring and summer days. The monotone purr of  bees will reverberate through your garden, alongside the flurry of butterfly wings, barely audible over the plethora of choral music.

If this is an image which appeals to you, you may be able to enhance this with your choice of plants and shrubs.

Birds:

Although our feathered friends will not directly benefit our plants per say, they are a very welcome visitor in our gardens and outside spaces. I can’t imagine not hearing the bird song whilst sat in the garden during warm summer days. 

Cotoneaster Watereri
There are many garden plants that provide food in the form of berries or seeds for a variety of birds that choose to stop by your patch:

Cotoneaster - This small tree is smothered in tiny voluptuous red berries that make a succulent sweet treat for passing birds and wildlife.

Viburnum Davidii - This attractive ground covering plant will shimmer with bright blue berries ready to reinvigorate our birds for their next flight.





Butterflies: 
We all love the colourful flickers of butterfly wings dancing merrily amongst our plants and shrubs. 

These highly attractive insects provide interest to gardens whilst feeding on the sweet nectar during their visits.

Verbena Bonariensis AGM – These plants make an attractive feature especially when planted amongst grasses. It is loved by both bees and butterflies.

·       Actaea simplex Brunette AGM – A highly fragrant bloom, luring every passing butterfly in the vicinity to indulge in a sweet feast.

·        Scabiosa - Scabiosa grows an abundance of flowers on one single stem, producing a bountiful parcel of nectar – this will send any  passing butterfly into a frenzy whilst trying to decide upon which bloom head to visit first. 

·        Caryopteris Clandonensis Blue Balloon - This shrub produces a strong fragrance that is ready to stop any unsuspecting 
      wildlife in their tracks.





Bees: 
You should never underestimate the importance of attracting bees into your gardens. 

Fleeting from one flower to the next, they are vital pollinators of many garden and wild flower varieties. 

Bees can make their presence known throughout the year so it is vital to keep an array of plants in tip top shape whatever the season.







Caltha Palustris 

Spring Bees – The warmer months are dawning upon us and we will be seeing a lot more of our little winged friends in the forthcoming months.

  •  Pulmonaria 
  • Caltha Palustris




    
Penstemon 
Summer Bees – This is when we normally see a profusion of bees whirling and twirling throughout our gardens and outside spaces. There is an abundance of flowers that will attract our little friends throughout the summer season so do not fear. 

  • Penstemon 
  • Coreopsis




Anemone
Autumn Bees – At this stage many bees are preparing to hibernate, however some late flying species will still be seen out and about on colder days.

  • Anemone hybrid Queen Charlotte
  • Arbutus Unedo Compacta (Strawberry Tree Bush)



     
Snowdrop

Winter Bees  – Although most are in hibernation some bees dare to wrap up warm in their winter fuzz and are ready with woolly hats and scarves to grace your gardens with their company.

  • Galanthus Nivalis (Snowdrop) 
  • Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)



I find it such a pleasure to see an abundance of wildlife in the garden. It's a compliment to see so many bees and butterflies visit my flower beds and borders - I must be doing something right!

becky@hayloftplants.co.uk 







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