Now is a really great time to get planting wildflower seeds for bees, butterflies and all sorts of other bugs. I love going around collecting wildflower seeds and taking them home to plant. From doing this and buying some plants, I have quite a collection of wildflowers in my garden – most I haven’t got a clue what they are called, but if bees and bugs like them, they get to stay.
Throughout the late summer and autumn I go around collecting the seeds and some I plant in trays or pots recently vacated by the carrots that have left the garden for the kitchen and our stomachs. Some I scatter around my wildflower beds and some I keep for spring. I also use some of our lovely wildflower seed-balls which do really well, though unfortunately, a bit of chilli powder in the seed-ball-mix does not deter the slugs!
The plan is to have quite a lot of wildflower plugs that will be slug resistant come spring! This spring the slugs definitely won the vegetable and wildflower seedling battle for quite a few weeks! I may not have been happy.
My large white daisy’s (Ox-eye I think) are coming up well and so are some sweet williams, the marigolds, some lovely blue flowers and others that will only be recognisable when they are quite a bit bigger!
I may even be so successful in my wildflower growing that the kids will be able to sell some alongside more strawberry plants at a spring-time event! However, they will have to help out with potting on so that the wildflowers have a good chance at survival. And we may need to figure out what they all are – not sure people are happy buying ‘lovely blue flowers that bees like’! But you never know!!
I admit wildflower areas don’t always look pretty or neat, but by having a few of these areas in your garden gives bees food and a home. As our world climate changes, the bees, butterflies and many other animals will need our support more and more to survive.
So go on, plant some wildflowers and give a bee a hug!