On Friday evening once the girls had been put to bed I caught a really interesting program on TV called ‘Springwatch guide to butterflies and moths‘. It’s available on BBC iplayer for a couple more weeks. This programme was shown to coincide with the Big Butterfly Count which is running from the 20th July – 11th August. What scientists are trying to find out is that by counting the types and numbers of butterflies in the UK this can show how healthy our environment is as butterflies react very quickly to changes in their environment. Needless to say numbers have decreased dramatically, one of the main reasons being urbanisation but also certain types of farming.
Me and my girls love butterflies and Miss E who pronounces them “bubble-eyes” 🙂
The TV show suggested buying some plants to encourage pollinators (bees and butterflies) into the garden, so I consulted the Royal Horticultural Society website and they had a PDF here suggesting plants for your garden.
This afternoon I took myself off to a garden centre and was on the look out for some beautiful flowers that attracted bees. Here’s a helpful tip – if you want plants to attract pollinators then choose the plants that the bees are around in the garden centre. Sounds obvious when you think about it but when I was drawn to the beautiful roses – the bees were not interested…shock!
So I picked up some dahlias.
Look at this – this bee couldn’t get enough of this ‘Roxy dahlia’, even when I had put it in the trolley.
I got the plants home and repotted them.
Look how happy the ‘Roxy dahlia’ looks…in the distance are the other dahlias I bought.
This dahlia is so beautiful (the photo doesn’t show the colours to their best), it’s called ‘Happy flame’.
I’ve situated them where they will get the sun for most of the day. I hope they’ll be happy and produce lots of flowers for the little bees and butterflies.
Another reason for attracting them to the garden is that they’ll pollinate our fruit plants/trees in future years.
This year our blackberry plant is doing really well.
The trellis is groaning with blackberries.
And here is one that has just ripened. Yep it tasted delicious!
We hope to do a lot more with our garden. We tried growing vegetables but weren’t too successful so fruit is the way to go. We feel it’s our duty to bring up our daughters to love and respect nature so by starting now hopefully we’ll set in motion an attitude that will continue for generations to come.